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[sit-uh-zuh n-ship, -suh n-] /ˈsɪt ə zənˌʃɪp, -sən-/
the state of being vested with the rights, privileges, and duties of a citizen.
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 of citizenship
1605-15; citizen + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At stated intervals they were to be released, one by one, and restored to citizenship.

    West Wind Drift George Barr McCutcheon
  • They had long pleaded for an equality of citizenship with men, but had pleaded in vain.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • It is the cradle of children, the nursery of mutual affection, and the training-school for citizenship in the community.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • citizenship is the American ideal; and it has never been the English ideal.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • But participation in this sacrifice was itself the very test and essence of citizenship.

British Dictionary definitions for citizenship


the condition or status of a citizen, with its rights and duties
a person's conduct as a citizen: an award for good citizenship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for citizenship

"status, rights, privileges, and responsibilities of a citizen," 1610s, from citizen + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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citizenship in the Bible

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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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