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Definitions for civilian
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"

Wiktionary

  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.

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]

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. Amrullah Saleh:

    Thousands of Taliban fighters were allowed to enter with guns and some of them could be hiding in civilian areas, planning attacks.

  2. Danielle Bell:

    The expectation of continued fighting in the coming months combined with the current levels of civilian casualties, demonstrate the critical need for immediate steps to be taken by all parties to the conflict to prevent harm to civilians.

  3. Murad Ali Murad:

    There were enough troops inside Kunduz city, but the insurgents used some route deemed not that sensitive, our forces arrived there on time, but we had to take extra care not to cause civilian casualties.

  4. Antonio Guterres:

    I condemn the increasing number of child casualties, which are often a result of attacks in densely populated areas and against civilian objects, including schools and hospitals.

  5. Ashton Carter:

    Not only is our civilian infrastructure susceptible to cyberattack, but we have to be concerned about our military infrastructure, there's no point in having planes and ships and armored vehicles in today's world if the network is itself vulnerable.

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