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Meaning of civilian

ci•vil•ian

Pronunciation: (si-vil'yun), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who is not on active duty with a military, naval, police, or fire fighting organization.
  2. anyone regarded by members of a profession, interest group, society, etc., as not belonging; nonprofessional; outsider: We need a producer to run the movie studio, not some civilian from the business world.
  3. a person versed in or studying Roman or civil law.
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, formed by, or administered by civilians.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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