Definition of Civilian

1. Noun. A nonmilitary citizen.

Generic synonyms: Citizen
Antonyms: Serviceman

2. Adjective. Associated with civil life or performed by persons who are not active members of the military. "Civilian life"
Similar to: Civil, Noncombatant
Antonyms: Military

Definition of Civilian

1. n. One skilled in the civil law.

Definition of Civilian

1. Noun. 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. ¹

2. Noun. (informal) A person who does not belong to a particular group or engage in a particular activity. ¹

3. Adjective. That which is not related to the military, police or other uniformed profession ¹

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Definition of Civilian

1. a nonmilitary person [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Civilian

civil service
civil services
civil society
civil suit
civil suits
civil time
civil trial
civil twilight
civil unions
civil war
civil wars
civil wrong
civil wrongs
civil year
civilian (current term)
civilian clothing
civilian dress
civilian garb
civilian health and medical program of the uniformed services

Literary usage of Civilian

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. War Crimes in Bosnia-Hercegovina by Helsinki Watch (Organization : U.S.), Ivana Nizich, Helsinki Watch (1993)
"Attacks against civilian targets, the use of siege warfare as a means through which to forcibly displace the civilian population and die indiscriminate and ..."

2. Works by Manuel Márquez Sterling, William Makepeace Thackeray, Leslie Stephen, Louise Stanage (1898)
"The answer which is always to be made to the civilian Snob when he raises objections against military punishments, promotions, purchases, or what not, ..."

3. The Federal Service by Lewis Mayers (1922)
"Those who hold this view would create a distinct civilian organization for those functions and thus solve at one stroke the personnel problem here under ..."

4. Law Enforcement Management & Administrative Statistics, 1993: Data for by Brian A. Reaves (1995)
"Number of full-time and part-time civilian employees, and job classification of full-time civilian employees in local law enforcement agencies, ..."

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