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sɪˈvɪl yəncivil·ian

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. civilianadjective

    a nonmilitary citizen

  2. civilianadjective

    associated with civil life or performed by persons who are not active members of the military

    "civilian clothing"; "civilian life"


  1. civiliannoun

    A person following the pursuits of civil life, especially one who is not an active member of the military, the police, or a belligerent group.

    Three civilians were apprehended by the soldiers and taken away in a military vehicle.

  2. civiliannoun

    A person who does not belong to a particular group or engage in a particular activity.

  3. civilianadjective

    That which is not related to the military, police or other uniformed profession

    The three detainees were actually army defectors wearing civilian clothing.

  4. Etymology: From civilien.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Civiliannoun

    One that professes the knowledge of the old Roman law, and of general equity.

    Etymology: civilis, Lat.

    The professors of that law, called civilians, because the civil law is their guide, should not be discountenanced nor discouraged. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villers.

    A depending kingdom is a term of art, unknown to all ancient civilians, and writers upon government. Jonathan Swift.


  1. civilian

    A civilian is a person who is not a member of the military, police force, or any armed forces. They are individuals who are not involved in enforcing laws or engaging in combat either professionally or officially. The term is often used to distinguish between ordinary citizens and those involved in situations such as wars or conflicts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Civiliannoun

    one skilled in the civil law

  2. Civiliannoun

    a student of the civil law at a university or college

  3. Civiliannoun

    one whose pursuits are those of civil life, not military or clerical

  4. Etymology: [From Civil]


  1. Civilian

    A civilian under international humanitarian law is a person who is not a member of his or her country's armed forces or other militia. Civilians are distinct from combatants. They are afforded a degree of legal protection from the effects of war and military occupation. In US parlance, a civilian is also considered one not on active duty in the armed services or not on a police or firefighting force.

Editors Contribution

  1. Civilian

    " Self disciplined citizen, who is responsible and leads a civilized life."

    Submitted by Baloch on April 4, 2015  

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'civilian' in Adjectives Frequency: #924

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of civilian in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of civilian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of civilian in a Sentence

  1. Richard Milhous Nixon:

    You're so goddamned concerned about the civilians, and I don't give a damn. to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on civilian casualties in Vietnam

  2. Uri Orbach:

    Israel is in the midst of a difficult military and diplomatic campaign against terrorists. An organisation that works to prove allegations that Israel is committing war crimes should be so good as to do so with its own resources and not with civilian national service volunteers and state funds.

  3. Harry S. Truman:

    If there is one basic element in our Constitution, it is civilian control of the military.

  4. Bill Vaughan:

    Maybe the answer to Selective Service is to start everyone off in the army and draft them for civilian life as needed.

  5. De Mistura:

    Attacks on civilian areas with aerial indiscriminate bombs, such as vacuum bombs, are prohibited under international law, hitting crowded civilian markets killing almost one hundred of its own citizens by a government is unacceptable in any circumstances.

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