citizenship

[sit-uh-zuhn-ship, -suhn-]
noun
1.
the state of being vested with the rights, privileges, and duties of a citizen.
2.
the character of an individual viewed as a member of society; behavior in terms of the duties, obligations, and functions of a citizen: an award for good citizenship.

Origin:
1605–15; citizen + -ship

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citizenship (ˈsɪtɪzənˌʃɪp)
 
n
1.  the condition or status of a citizen, with its rights and duties
2.  a person's conduct as a citizen: an award for good citizenship

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citizenship
1611, from citizen + -ship.
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Citizenship definition


the rights and privileges of a citizen in distinction from a foreigner (Luke 15:15; 19:14; Acts 21:39). Under the Mosaic law non-Israelites, with the exception of the Moabites and the Ammonites and others mentioned in Deut. 23:1-3, were admitted to the general privileges of citizenship among the Jews (Ex. 12:19; Lev. 24:22; Num. 15:15; 35:15; Deut. 10:18; 14:29; 16:10, 14). The right of citizenship under the Roman government was granted by the emperor to individuals, and sometimes to provinces, as a favour or as a recompense for services rendered to the state, or for a sum of money (Acts 22:28). This "freedom" secured privileges equal to those enjoyed by natives of Rome. Among the most notable of these was the provision that a man could not be bound or imprisoned without a formal trial (Acts 22:25, 26), or scourged (16:37). All Roman citizens had the right of appeal to Caesar (25:11).

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Example sentences
Anyone who still doubts belongs to the same group of people who still doubt our
  president's citizenship.
Many other freedoms inhere in humanity and in citizenship, and neither the
  university nor anyone else should interfere with them.
If you could get citizenship or were in the process of applying for it, that
  would be even better.
Practical understandings, such as those needed for better health and good
  citizenship, arise from these key ideas.
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