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Definitions for citizenship
ˈsɪt ə zənˌʃɪp, -sən-cit·i·zen·ship

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. citizenshipnoun

    the status of a citizen with rights and duties

  2. citizenshipnoun

    conduct as a citizen

    "award for good citizenship"


  1. citizenshipnoun

    The status of being a citizen.


  1. Citizenship

    Citizenship is an allegiance of person to a state. Each state determines the conditions under which it will recognize persons as its citizens, and the conditions under which that status will be withdrawn. Recognition by a state as a citizen generally carries with it recognition of civil, political, and social rights which are not afforded to non-citizens. In general, the basic rights normally regarded as arising from citizenship are the right to a passport, the right to leave and return to the country/ies of citizenship, the right to live in that country, and to work there. Some countries permit their citizens to have multiple citizenships, while others insist on exclusive allegiance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Citizenshipnoun

    the state of being a citizen; the status of a citizen


  1. Citizenship

    Citizenship denotes the link between a person and a state or an association of states. It is normally synonymous with the term nationality although the latter term may also refer to ethnic connotations. Possession of citizenship is normally associated with the right to work and live in a country and to participate in political life. A person who does not have citizenship in any state is said to be stateless. Nationality is often used as a synonym for citizenship in English – notably in international law – although the term is sometimes understood as denoting a person's membership of a nation. In some countries, e.g. the United States, "nationality" and "citizenship" have different meanings, and it is possible to be a national of the country but not a citizen.

Editors Contribution

  1. citizenship

    The act and fact of being a citizen.

    The citizenship was easily applied for.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

  2. citizenship

    The natural right cocreated by every form of unity assembly, unity council, unity legislature, unity senate, unity house of representatives, unity parliament, unity government, local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government, european unity government and international unity government that naturally gives every person born in a country the natural right to being a citizen, to have the nationality of the country and passport of the country through right of birth. The legislation for this is created on a fasttrack and confirmed in writing to every person this effects to ensure the person has written confirmation.

    Citizenship is guaranteed to every person born in a country.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 3, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of citizenship in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of citizenship in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of citizenship in a Sentence

  1. J. Edgar Hoover:

    Above all, I would teach him to tell the truth ... Truth-telling, I have found, is the key to responsible citizenship. The thousands of criminals I have seen in 40 years of law enforcement have had one thing in common Every single one was a liar.

  2. David Litt:

    I liked his call for pairing border security with a path to citizenship for Dreamers and other migrants.

  3. Theo Oshiro:

    Census efforts have always been hard in immigrant communities, even without the citizenship question, they are fearful in particular of sharing their information with immigration enforcement agencies, especially with what folks have seen and heard from this administration, the rhetoric around immigration and the ramping up of enforcement.

  4. The Cuban-born Mayorkas:

    The principles of homeland and security have been tremendously important in shaping my life. My father and mother brought me to this country to escape communism and to provide me with the security, opportunity and pride that American citizenship brings to each of us.

  5. Alma Ohene-Opare:

    For me, American citizenship is not just being part of this culture, this society, not just being part of the place I've called home for the last almost 20 years.

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