Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To convert to civilian operation or control.

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  • verb To convert something from military to civilian operation or control
  • verb To change the status of a member of the armed forces to that of a civilian

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Examples

  • The group analyzed the survey data and arrived at a proposal to "civilianize" Internal Affairs: to have a civilian body take over virtually all of the functions of the OPD's Internal Affairs Division, including receiving and investigating complaints about police behavior.

    Breaking the Wall of Silence: Civilian Oversight of Police in Oakland

  • Of course, that's the rationale for having a Reserve Force as well, something that I believe has been missed in all this evaluation and the rush to "civilianize" the more mundane support functions.

    Privatized logistics support and the CF

  • Of course, that's the rationale for having a Reserve Force as well, something that I believe has been missed in all this evaluation and the rush to "civilianize" the more mundane support functions.

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • Gascón bills it as more efficient policing, although he's facing stiff opposition from the city's police union, which is wary of this latest effort to "civilianize" the department.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • The dipshit who convinced the Mayor to call for adding 700 new police officers to a department that refuses to fly helicopters, walk beats, ride buses, man kiosks, civilianize the Office of Citizens Complaints, and keep track of punk-ass rogues needs his own ass kicked by Captain Greg "You got a problem with my being charged with brutality 80 times?"

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • The dipshit who convinced the Mayor to call for adding 700 new police officers to a department that refuses to fly helicopters, walk beats, ride buses, man kiosks, civilianize the Office of Citizens Complaints, and keep track of punk-ass rogues needs his own ass kicked by Captain Greg "You got a problem with my being charged with brutality 80 times?"

    Crash

  • But ultimately you're going to civilianize it, probably two thirds.

    Thomas Barnett draws a new map for peace

  • But ultimately you're going to civilianize it, probably two thirds.

    Thomas Barnett draws a new map for peace

  • But ultimately you're going to civilianize it, probably two thirds.

    Thomas Barnett draws a new map for peace

  • I think they wanted to demilitarize, civilianize, if you will,

    The Times of My Life and My Life with the Times

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