The definition of martial is warlike or appropriate in times of war.(adjective)
When military law goes into affect because of fear of war, this is an example of martial law.
See martial in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME martialle < L martialis, of Mars
See martial in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Latin Mārtiālis
Origin: , from Mārs, Mārt-, Mars.
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