What is the difference between civilian and citizen?

civilian | citizen |


As nouns the difference between civilian and citizen

is that civilian is 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 while citizen is a person who is legally recognized as a member of a state, with associated rights and obligations.

As a adjective civilian

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

civilian

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A person following the pursuits of civil life, especially one who is not an active member of the armed forces.
  • (label) A person who does not belong to a particular group or engage in a particular activity.
  • One skilled in civil law.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • A student of civil law at a university or college.
  • Adjective

    (-)
  • That which is not related to the military, police or other uniformed profession
  • citizen

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A person who is legally recognized as a member of a state, with associated rights and obligations.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-01
  • , author=Steven Sloman , title=The Battle Between Intuition and Deliberation , volume=100, issue=1, page=74 , magazine= citation , passage=Libertarian paternalism is the view that, because the way options are presented to citizens affects what they choose, society should present options in a way that “nudges” our intuitive selves to make choices that are more consistent with what our more deliberative selves would have chosen if they were in control.}}
    When the rebellion broke out, the United States promptly evacuated its citizens from the area.
  • (dated) A member of a state that is not a monarchy; used in contrast with subject .
  • A person who is a legally recognized resident of a city or town.
  • * George Eliot
  • That large body of the working men who were not counted as citizens and had not so much as a vote to serve as an anodyne to their stomachs.
  • A resident of any particular place to which the subject feels he/she belongs.
  • * 2007', John English, '''''Citizen of the World: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau
  • A civilian, as opposed to a soldier, police officer etc.
  • Synonyms

    * burgher * national

    Antonyms

    * alien * illegal * foreigner * stranger * subject

    Derived terms

    * anticitizen * citizeness * citizenhood * citizenish * citizenly * citizenry * citizenship

    Anagrams

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