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civilian

ci·vil·ian

civilian

 
 
pronunciation:
s vIl yn
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition: a person who is not serving in the military or the police.
In addition to military personnel, many civilians were killed during the bombings.
similar words:
citizen, laic
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: of or pertaining to civil life or to civilians; not of the military or police.
He needed time to get used to civilian life again after two years in the army.The civilian population will need to be evacuated from the area.
synonyms:
civil
antonyms:
military
similar words:
civic, nonmilitary, public
Word Parts
The word civilian contains the following parts:
civ Latin root that means citizen
-an, -ian, -ean Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means in adjectives: from (a place) or pertaining to or following (a figure or school of thought); in nouns: person or thing from (a place) or associated with (an activity or school of thought).
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The suffix group -an , -ian , -ean attaches to common nouns and proper nouns to form adjectives or nouns.