from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who is present at an event without participating in it.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a person who, although present at some event, does not take part in it; an observer or spectator
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who stands near; a spectator; one who has no concern with the business transacting.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who stands near; a spectator; a chance looker-on; hence, one who has no concern with the business being transacted.
- n. One of the highest order of penitents in the discipline of the early church. See consistentes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a nonparticipant spectator
I will use the term participation unit to refer both to encounters and to unengaged participants; the term bystander will be used to refer to any individual present who is not a ratified member of the particular encounter in question, whether or not he is currently a member of some other encounter.
"He must have played rugby for years to have developed reflexes like that," a bystander is quoted by Reuters as saying.
The first version tells us something that should be obvious: this bystander is surprised.
You're never put into the position of agonising over whether you should kill one innocent person to save ten - killing an innocent bystander is wrong in the trivial sense that falling off a ledge is wrong.
The episode where Sam releases suspects for lack of evidence, against the intuition of his boss who wants to plant evidence on them, only to have them kill an innocent bystander, is particularly thought-provoking.
Go ahead and call me a misguided Westerner if you like, or even a bleeding heart; I much prefer those titles to "bystander" -- innocent or not.
i like seeing these pics, but i cant figure out why you would want to change a "target" to an innocent bystander, is this something for the bad guys to practice on?
Responsible adults have been caught up in bystander apathy, so underdeveloped teen age brains, I just don’t know.
The phrase "innocent bystander" is ironic; in reality, bystanders are as guilty as perpetrators when it comes to perpetuating the patterns of violence in this country.
That diffusion of responsibility brings out what psychologists call the bystander effect — if I hear someone calling for help, and I am the only one around, I am more likely to help than if there is someone else with me who also hears the call but does nothing.