Pronunciation: (siv'i-tas"; Lat. kē'wi-täs"), [key]
—pl. civ•i•ta•tesPronunciation: (siv"i-tā'tēz; Lat. kē"wi-tä'tās). [key]
1. the body of citizens who constitute a state, esp. a city-state, commonwealth, or the like.
2. citizenship, esp. as imparting shared responsibility, a common purpose, and sense of community.
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