Military. mention of a soldier or a unit in orders, usually for gallantry: She recieved a presidential citation.
any award or commendation, as for outstanding service, hard work, or devotion to duty, especially a formal letter or statement recounting a person's achievements. official praise; award; honor, laurel, reward, kudos.
a summons, especially to appear in court.
a document containing such a summons.
the act of citing or quoting a reference to an authority or a precedent.
a passage cited; quotation. excerpt, passage, extract, quote.
Also, cite. a quotation showing a particular word or phrase in context.
Also, cite. mention or enumeration.

1250–1300; Middle English citacio(u)n < Late Latin citātiōn- (stem of citātiō), equivalent to Latin citāt(us) past participle of citāre (see cite1) + -iōn- -ion

citational, adjective
noncitation, noun
precitation, noun Unabridged
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citation (saɪˈteɪʃən)
1.  the quoting of a book or author in support of a fact
2.  a passage or source cited for this purpose
3.  a listing or recounting, as of facts
4.  an official commendation or award, esp for bravery or outstanding service, work, etc, usually in the form of a formal statement made in public
5.  law
 a.  an official summons to appear in court
 b.  the document containing such a summons
6.  law the quoting of decided cases to serve as guidance to a court

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. citation, from L. citationem (nom. citatio) "a command," pp. of citare "to summon" (see cite). Meaning "passage cited, quotation" is from 1540s.
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One opinion after the next, with no citation to his sources.
Social impact measures based on tweets are proposed to complement traditional
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But in the citation of the last paper, there was a break with tradition.
If she gets a traffic citation, she has to pay for her own insurance.
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