verb (used with object), civilianized, civilianizing.
to assign to civilians or place under civilian direction or control: a decision to civilianize the teaching of history at the naval academy.
to make less military in form or character: He charged that the union movement is civilianizing the army.
Also, especially British, civilianise.

1865–70; civilian + -ize

civilianization, noun Unabridged
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civilianize or civilianise (sɪˈvɪljəˌnaɪz)
(tr) to change the status of (an armed force, a base, etc) from military to nonmilitary
civilianise or civilianise

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This led to the first public movement to civilianize military law.
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