What is civilian?

  • (noun): A nonmilitary citizen.
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A civilian under international humanitarian law (also known as the laws of war) is a person who is not a member of his or her country's armed forces or other militia. Civilians are distinct from combatants. They are afforded a degree of legal protection from the effects of war and military occupation. The term "civilian" is also often inappropriately used metaphorically to refer to people who are not members of a particular profession or occupation, especially by civilian law enforcement agencies, which often adopt rank structures emulating those of military units.

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Some articles on civilian:

Executive Assistant - Civilian
... An executive assistant may from time to time act as proxy for the executives, representing him/her/them in meetings or communications ... An executive assistant differs from an administrative assistant in that they are expected to possess a higher degree of business acumen, be able to manage projects, as well as have the ability to influence others on behalf of the executive. ...
Cessna 402 - Operators - Civilian
... The largest operator of the type is Cape Air, which currently has a fleet of "over 64 402s" operating in the Caribbean and United States. ...
American War Crimes - Yugoslavia
... International has condemned the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, which they confirm killed 400 civilians (some sources place this figure at over 1,000 or as high as 5,000) in what it ...
Civilians in Modern Conflicts
... The actual position of the civilian in modern war remains problematical ... of the laws of war is often difficult, and in which the distinction between soldier and civilian is particularly hard to maintain guerrilla warfare and terrorism, both of which tend to ... that 90 percent of the victims of modern wars were civilians ...
Canadian Forces Military Police - About
... community, which includes, Regular and Reserve Force members, DND civilian employees, cadets, and family members residing on military establishments in Canada and abroad ... missions, CFMP, in conjunction with civilian and allied military police forces, protect and support all components of the CF ... CFMP routinely function within the civilian criminal and military justice systems ...

More definitions of "civilian":

  • (adj): Associated with or performed by civilians as contrasted with the military.
    Example: "Civilian clothing"; "civilian life"