What is citizenship?

  • (noun): The status of a citizen with rights and duties.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Citizenship denotes the link between a person and a state or an association of states. It is normally synonymous with the term nationality although the latter term may also refer to ethnic connotations. Possession of citizenship is normally associated with the right to work and live in a country and to participate in political life. A person who does not have citizenship in any state is said to be stateless.

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Some articles on citizenship:

Constitution Of The German Empire - Citizenship
... A German citizenship was created, and equal treatment of citizens within each state was guaranteed (Article 3) ...
Greek Nationality Law - Loss of Citizenship
... A Greek citizen may voluntarily renounce citizenship by submitting an application to the Ministry of Interior in Athens ... For male Greek nationals, renunciation of citizenship is subject to the completion of their military duties ...
Racial Classification Of Indian Americans - U.S. Courts
... At the time, this decision retroactively stripped Indians of citizenship and land rights ... citizenship through the state of New York a few years after his original U.S ... citizenship was revoked by the U.S ...
Australian - Nationality
... Since there is no national identification card, commonly accepted proofs of Australian citizenship are the Australian passport, an Australian birth certificate (prior to 1986, when jus soli was abolished ... Australia permits dual citizenship with no restriction, but a more restricted qualification is imposed on people wishing to enter Parliament (see Sue v Hill) ...
Citizenship, Action, Participation For The 21st Century
... The Citizenship, Action, Participation for the 21st Century (French Citoyenneté Action Participation pour le 21ème siècle) is a minor green liberal political party in France, founded by Corinne Lepage ...

More definitions of "citizenship":

  • (noun): Conduct as a citizen.
    Example: "Award for good citizenship"

Famous quotes containing the word citizenship:

    To see self-sufficiency as the hallmark of maturity conveys a view of adult life that is at odds with the human condition, a view that cannot sustain the kinds of long-term commitments and involvements with other people that are necessary for raising and educating a child or for citizenship in a democratic society.
    Carol Gilligan (20th century)

    Bohemia is nothing more than the little country in which you do not live. If you try to obtain citizenship in it, at once the court and retinue pack the royal archives and treasure and move away beyond the hills.
    O. Henry [William Sydney Porter] (1862–1910)

    Our citizenship in the United States is our national character. Our citizenship in any particular state is only our local distinction. By the latter we are known at home, by the former to the world. Our great title is AMERICANS—our inferior one varies with the place.
    Thomas Paine (1737–1809)