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1 a person who owes allegiance to a government and is protected by it

  • conscientious citizens who regard voting as a duty as well as a right
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2 a person who lives in a town on a permanent basis

  • claimed that the good citizens of the town were sick of high property taxes
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citizen, subject, national mean a person owing allegiance to and entitled to the protection of a sovereign state. citizen is preferred for one owing allegiance to a state in which sovereign power is retained by the people and sharing in the political rights of those people.
    • the rights of a free citizen
subject implies allegiance to a personal sovereign such as a monarch.
    • the king's subjects
national designates one who may claim the protection of a state and applies especially to one living or traveling outside that state.
    • American nationals working in the Middle East

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