Legal Definition and Related Resources of Citizenship

Meaning of Citizenship

The state of being vested with the rights and privileges of a citizen . Abrigo v State, 15 S. W. 408, 29 Tex.App. 143.

Related Entries of Citizenship in the Encyclopedia of Law Project

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Citizenship in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Related Legal Terms

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Mentioned in these terms

Civic, Diversity Jurisdiction, National Origin, Naturalization.

See also

Membership in a political community. Citizenship may pertain either to a state… (Read more)

Citizenship in the law of the United States

Citizenship: Related U.S. Resources

See Also

Privileges and Immunities (Judicial Function).

British Overseas citizenship in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of British Overseas citizenship. This legal term is related to the United Kingom and/or the English Legal System.


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

English Legal System: British Dependent Territories Citizenship

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of British Dependent Territories Citizenship : One of three forms of citizenship introduced by the British Nationality Act 1981 to replace citizenship of the UK and Colonies. The others are *British citizenship and *British Overseas citizenship. The dependent territories for the purposes of this form of citizenship are listed in a schedule to the Act; they include Bermuda and Gibraltar, among others.

On the date on which it came into force (1 January 1983), the Act conferred the citizenship automatically on a large number of existing citizens of the UK and Colonies on the grounds of birth, registration, or naturalization in a dependent territory or descent from a parent or grandparent who had that citizenship on one of those grounds. As from that date, acquisition (and deprivation in the case of registered or naturalized citizens) have been governed by principles similar to those applying to British citizenship, except that acquisition by registration relates almost exclusively to minors. A British Dependent Territories citizen can become entitled to registration as a British citizen by virtue of UK residence. On 1 July 1997, those who were British Dependent Territories citizens by virtue of a connection with Hong Kong ceased to be British Dependent Territories citizens. However, they were entitled to acquire a new form of British nationality, known as *British National (Overseas), by registration.

English Legal System: Citizenship of The Uk And Colonies

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Citizenship of The Uk And Colonies : A form of citizenship created by the British Nationality Act 1948. By the British Nationality Act 1981, it was replaced as from 1 January 1983 by *British citizenship, *British Dependent Territories citizenship, and *British Overseas citizenship.

Definition of Citizenship

In relation to social issues, a meaning of citizenship is provided here: status of being a member of a nation, one who owes allegiance to the government and is entitled to its protection and to political rights.

Citizenship (Judicial Function)



See Also

  • Governance
  • Civic Republicanism
  • Civic Virtue
  • Civil Rights
  • Common Good
  • Community Organizing
  • Differentiated
  • Immigration
  • Localization
  • Nationalism
  • Participation
  • Public Investment

Further Reading

  • Aristotle. (1981). Politics. New York: Penguin Classics.
    Barbalet, J. (1988). Citizenship. Milton Keynes, UK: Open
    University Press.
    de Tocqueville, A. (2000). Democracy in America (H. C.
    Mansfield & D. Winthrop, Eds., Trans., & Introduction
    by). Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.
    Friedman, M. (1962). Capitalism and freedom. Chicago:
    Chicago University Press.
    Hayek, F. A. (1944). The road to serfdom. London: Routledge.
    Machiavelli, N. (1970). The discourses. Harmondsworth,
    Middlesex, UK: Penguin.
    Marshall, T. H. (1950). Citizenship and social class and other
    essays. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
    Mead, L. (1982). Social programs and social obligations.
    Public Interest, 69, 17 32.
    Mill, J. S. (1974). On liberty. London: Penguin.
    Rousseau, J.-J. (1994). Discourse on political economy
    (C. Betts, Trans. & Introduction and notes by). Oxford,
    UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Citizenship in the Encyclopedia of Governance, Mark Bevir – University of California, Berkeley, USA, 2007, SAGE Publications


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