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dual citizenship/nationality
▪ She has dual nationality, of Canada and Britain she is a citizen of Canada and Britain.
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▪ Participatory democracy does need to be strengthened to promote active citizenship at local and national levels.
▪ In the schools we are observing such a transition to active citizenship is facilitated in a number of ways.
▪ Public institutions need to be democratised and decentralisation is necessary in the public domain in order to achieve active citizenship.
▪ Almost inadvertently, through such activity, structures emerged which promoted active citizenship through community education and development initiatives.
▪ Many feel political participation must be made worthwhile before active citizenship can occur.
▪ This centre will examine the non-economic benefits of learning such as social cohesion, active citizenship and improved health.
▪ General will should ensure the equality and liberty necessary for active citizenship -; taking collective decisions.
▪ Political disobedience is sanctioned as a possible expression of active citizenship on which a self-managing democracy is based.
▪ Mr Kohl himself has floated the idea of offering dual citizenship on a trial basis.
▪ Some of the athletes in this international potpourri, like Kaila, McGuirk and Thomson, hold dual citizenship.
▪ However, dual citizenship would not be allowed.
▪ Why, Fox is so diverse that he even has dual citizenship -- neither of them in the United States.
▪ Accompanying the exclusion from the labour market has been a policy of disenfranchising the underclass from full welfare citizenship.
▪ Better-fed and better-educated children had grown into young adults who could move confidently into full citizenship.
▪ Nor will this underclass disappear without the implementation of a series of policies aimed at re-establishing full citizenship.
▪ She said that this pioneering reference library was good for democracy and good for citizenship.
▪ Boxing is a means toward good citizenship, of fair play, of self-reliance.
▪ What do teachers think makes good citizenship education?
▪ Work Ethics Schools need to emphasize and demand basic work ethics and good citizenship from students.
▪ It is the very foundation of good citizenship.
▪ These are also the characteristics of good citizenship, and they should be emphasized in the teaching of all subjects.
▪ No zealous advocate of good citizenship would argue that political participation ought to be pursued to the neglect of all other obligations.
▪ As we have seen, the civil and political elements of citizenship have been eroded in recent years.
▪ Avoiding the poll tax will be costly in terms of universal political citizenship.
▪ As Desmond King has argued, ultimately ideological and institutional support are the best protectors of social citizenship rights.
▪ Nor has it dealt with the question of a new citizenship law, though the Solingen atrocity has revived debate about this.
▪ The Social Democrats once said that a new citizenship law should accompany any restriction of the right to asylum.
▪ Under Western pressure the language and citizenship laws have been liberalized.
▪ Present immigrants would stay and gradually acquire citizenship once fully integrated.
▪ Ironically, it was the fear of congressional action against noncitizens that had finally motivated him to apply for citizenship.
▪ He told his Intourist guide, a young woman named Rimma, that he wanted to apply for Soviet citizenship.
▪ The welfare cutoff is prompting record numbers of people to apply for citizenship.
▪ A.. After five years of residency, an individual may apply for citizenship for a $ 95 fee.
▪ Indeed, many Czech Roma were denied citizenship of the new republic under the 1993 Citizenship Law.
▪ Sometimes he talked of marrying Gina in the sixties to give her citizenship.
▪ I will give him citizenship if he asks.
▪ The case dragged through the federal bureaucracy for seven years, before she finally gave up her citizenship voluntarily in 1971.
▪ The existing law stated that only those who had been granted citizenship would be enfranchised.
▪ Their leader, Thorez, had deserted from the army and been stripped of his citizenship in 1939.
▪ After five years in the US, foreign nationals can apply for full US citizenship.
▪ I believe Scout groups help teach good citizenship.
▪ Krebs was granted French citizenship in 1992.
▪ Active citizenship, in the form of participatory democracy, is only possible in small communities where there is no organisational complexity.
▪ Anything less would be second-class citizenship in the world of intercollegiate sports.
▪ I will give him citizenship if he asks.
▪ Many bureaucrats have not been welcoming, illegally charging for forms that the newcomers have to complete to obtain citizenship.
▪ The child must learn how to learn, for learning is the defining pre-requisite of modern citizenship.
▪ The electronic republic, therefore, has already started to redefine the traditional roles of citizenship and political leadership.
▪ Women were granted the vote and given equal citizenship for the first time in the 1950 Constitution.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Citizenship \Cit"i*zen*ship\, n. The state of being a citizen; the status of a citizen.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


n. The status of being a citizen.

  1. n. the status of a citizen with rights and duties

  2. conduct as a citizen; "award for good citizenship"


Citizenship is the status of a person recognized under the custom or law as being a member of a sovereign state. A person may have multiple citizenships and a person who does not have citizenship of any state is said to be stateless.

Nationality is often used as a synonym for citizenship in English – notably in international law – although the term is sometimes understood as denoting a person's membership of a nation (a large ethnic group). In some countries, e.g. the United States, the United Kingdom, nationality and citizenship can have different meanings (for more information, see Nationality versus citizenship).

Usage examples of "citizenship".

Here the Court declared that the right of a citizen, resident in one State, to contract in another, to transact any lawful business, or to make a loan of money, in any State other than that in which the citizen resides was a privilege of national citizenship which was abridged by a State income tax law excluding from taxable income interest received on money loaned within the State.

If we are to do as Lucius Marcius Philippus wants, and confine the citizenship of Rome to those among us who can claim family, ancestry, and legal writ, then the first man to have to leave both this House and the city of Rome would be Quintus Varius Severus Hybrida Sucronensis!

This is a much neater place than the last, but the people look stupid and apathetic, and I wonder what they think of the men who have abolished the daimiyo and the feudal regime, have raised the eta to citizenship, and are hurrying the empire forward on the tracks of western civilisation!

The honest, law-abiding Negro who has a home, is getting a little property, has a small bank account, and is educating his children to useful citizenship, attracts little or no attention.

Metellus Pius, who had never been in favor of granting the full Roman citizenship to the Italians, and had secretly applauded Philippus as censor because Philippus and his fellow censor, Perperna, had avoided enrolling the Italians as Roman citizens.

In contrast with the latter result, however, is a subsequent decision of the Court holding unconstitutional another section of the same California law providing that when an indictment alleges alienage and ineligibility to United States citizenship of a defendant, the burden of proving citizenship or eligibility thereto shall devolve upon the defendant.

A statute which excluded aliens ineligible to American citizenship from owning real estate was upheld in 1923 on the ground that the treaty in question did not secure the rights claimed.

California statute prohibiting the issuance of fishing licenses to persons ineligible to citizenship is disallowed, both on the basis of Amendment XIV and on the ground that the statute invaded a field of power reserved to the National Government, namely, the determination of the conditions on which aliens may be admitted, naturalized, and permitted to reside in the United States.

The Negro, however, according to the Chief Justice, was ineligible to attain United States citizenship either from a State or by virtue of birth in the United States, even as a free man descended from a Negro residing as a free man in one of the States at the date of ratification of the Constitution.

Japanese defendant the burden of proving citizenship by birth after the State endeavored to prove that he belonged to a race ineligible for naturalization.

Likewise a State law forbidding the issuance of commercial fishing licenses to aliens ineligible for citizenship has been held void.

United States, by virtue of the powers which inhere in it as a sovereign nation, has been deemed competent to provide that an individual voluntarily entering into certain designated conditions shall, as a consequence thereof, suffer the loss of citizenship.

Hence the political demand is that the existent fact of capitalist production be recognized juridically and that all workers be given the full rights of citizenship.

After the citizenship was made universal for all the peoples of the Italian Peninsula, a municipium principally meant a town and its district which had retained some of its self-governing powers, and still owned its public lands.

Israel as defining the first prerequisite to full citizenship in that mythologically inspired nation: by being born of a Jewish mother.