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Definition of Civilian

Civilian

  1. One skilled in the civil law.
  2. A student of the civil law at a university or college.
  3. One whose pursuits are those of civil life, not military or clerical.

Civilian Quotations

No one in the United States has become seriously ill or has died because of any kind of accident at a civilian nuclear power plant.
Joe Barton

Reparations - not just aid - should be provided by those responsible for devastating Iraqi civilian society by cruel sanctions and military actions, and - together with other criminal states - for supporting Saddam Hussein through his worst atrocities and beyond. That is the minimum that honesty requires.
Noam Chomsky

Respecting our veterans includes providing them the ways and means they so desperately need to reintegrate into our lives and serve us again as productive members of our civilian community.
Charles B. Rangel

Qatar-based 'Al-Jazeera,' the most important news channel in the Arab world, was harshly criticized by high U.S. officials for having 'emphasized civilian casualties' during the destruction of Falluja. The problem of independent media was later resolved when the channel was kicked out of Iraq in preparation for free elections.
Noam Chomsky

What is and isn't justified by military necessity is, naturally, open to interpretation. One of the key concepts, though, is the law of proportionality. A military attack that results in civilian casualties - 'collateral damage' - is acceptable as long as the military benefits outweigh the price that is paid by humanity.
Sebastian Junger
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Civilian Translations

civilian in Dutch is civiel, burgerlijk
civilian in French is civil
civilian in German is Zivilist
civilian in Portuguese is civil
civilian in Spanish is paisano, civil
civilian in Swedish is civil
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