private citizen


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Noun1.private citizen - a citizen who does not hold any official or public position
citizen - a native or naturalized member of a state or other political community
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private citizen

nprivato (cittadino)
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It was in the character of a private citizen that walking out privately he made use of his customary conveyances.
There was a silence, and then Private Citizen Heat murmured:
He was of so great ability, even as a private citizen, that one who writes of him says he wanted nothing but a kingdom to be a king.
There is not, among the most religious and instructed men of the most religious and civil nations, a reliance on the moral sentiment and a sufficient belief in the unity of things, to persuade them that society can be maintained without artificial restraints, as well as the solar system; or that the private citizen might be reasonable and a good neighbor, without the hint of a jail or a confiscation.
His story of his own life already has the distinction of translation into more languages, I think, than any other American book; and I suppose that he has as large a personal acquaintance among men of influence as any private citizen now living.
And no sooner was his father buried and the ceremonies over that marked his accession to the throne, than the young man hastened to throw off his robes of state, and calling to his vizir to make ready likewise, stole out in the simple dress of a private citizen into the less known streets of the capital.
On the other hand, both political science and common sense teach us that in matters of state, and especially in the matter of war, private citizens must forego their personal individual
The administration of Sir Edmund Andros lacked scarcely a single characteristic of tyranny: a Governor and Council, holding office from the King, and wholly independent of the country; laws made and taxes levied without concurrence of the people immediate or by their representatives; the rights of private citizens violated, and the titles of all landed property declared void; the voice of complaint stifled by restrictions on the press; and, finally, disaffection overawed by the first band of mercenary troops that ever marched on our free soil.
In France, as in England, the Government seized upon the telephone business as soon as the pioneer work had been done by private citizens.
Any man could see that there was an intention here to show that Russia's friendship for America was so genuine as to render even her private citizens objects worthy of kindly attentions.
The current US Ambassador to the country, cited by Darik radio, said Padew's opinion is not official since he is no longer in office and is the one of a private citizen.
We were the first company to arrange for a private citizen to fly into space when we sent Dennis Tito up into space in 2001," Shelley said.