Whether Zardari, or any civilian government, can navigate that dilemma is uncertain.
On later assignments we could return to our work among the civilian population in the country.
Your contact with the civilian population is very limited.
ISIS forces are operating in smaller groups and inside the civilian population to avoid being spotted from the sky.
He had traded his convict uniform for civilian attire, though he still had on prison-issue footwear.
I have always remained a civilian, and as such have retained my other banker.
The whole air of him, though he was in civilian's clothes, proclaimed the policeman.
"Our troubles are not over," replied a civilian who had joined the party, with equal emphasis.
A person distinguishable from a civilian by his uniform and from a soldier by his gait.
With us was an officer in uniform and a civilian—an agent of the Okhrana.
late 14c., "judge or authority on civil law," from Old French civilien "of the civil law," created from Latin civilis "relating to a citizen, relating to public life, befitting a citizen; popular, affable, courteous" (see civil). Sense of "non-military person" is attested by 1819 (earlier in this sense was civilian, attested from c.1600 as "non-soldier"). The adjective is from 1640s.