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- n. One who studies or works with the civil law.
- n. One who rejects the moral authority of Christ but who nevertheless adheres to a moral code in line with “civil righteousness” and “good citizenship”.
- n. A statesman, politician, or student of the political sciences.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A civilian.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A civilian, or person versed in the civil law.
From Medieval Latin civilista, from Latin cīvīlis ("civil (law)"), on the pattern of Medieval Latin canonista ("canonist"), from Latin canōn ("rule"). (Wiktionary)