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Civilian definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CIVILIAN, n. [from civil.]
1. One who is skilled in the Roman law; a professor or doctor of civil law.
2. In a more extended sense, one who is versed in law and government.
3. A student of the civil law at the university.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: associated with civil life or performed by persons who are not active members of the military; "civilian clothing"; "civilian life" [ant: military] n
1: a nonmilitary citizen [ant: man, military man, military personnel, serviceman]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 14th century 1. a specialist in Roman or modern civil law 2. a. one not on active duty in the armed services or not on a police or firefighting force b. outsider 1 civilian adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & adj. --n. a person not in the armed services or the police force. --adj. of or for civilians.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Civilian Ci*vil"ian, n. [From Civil] 1. One skilled in the civil law. Ancient civilians and writers upon government. --Swift. 2. A student of the civil law at a university or college. --R. Graves. 3. One whose pursuits are those of civil life, not military or clerical.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(civilians) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. In a military situation, a civilian is anyone who is not a member of the armed forces. The safety of civilians caught up in the fighting must be guaranteed. N-COUNT 2. In a military situation, civilian is used to describe people or things that are not military. ...the country's civilian population. ...civilian casualties. ...a soldier in civilian clothes. ? military ADJ: usu ADJ n

Moby Thesaurus

AG, DA, KC, QC, SSC, US attorney, attorney general, citizen, corporation lawyer, court-appointed lawyer, criminal lawyer, defense counsel, district attorney, junior counsel, law agent, leader, mouthpiece, nonbelligerent, noncombatant, nonresistant, nonresister, private attorney, prosecuting attorney, prosecutor, public prosecutor, publicist, silk, silk gown, solicitor general, special pleader, stuff gown, stuff-gownsman

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