Citizenship “Legally” Defined

The following definitions for “citizenship” are taken from Ballantine’s Law Dictionary (3rd edition), Black’s Law Dictionary (2nd edition), and Webster’s Dictionary (1828):

 

 

(Ballantine’s)

The privilege of membership in a political society, implying a duty of allegiance on the part of the member and a duty of protection on the part of the society; the status of a citizen with its respective rights and duties [3 Am J2d Aliens § 115].

 

(Black’s)

The status of being a citizen.

 

(Webster’s)

CITIZENSHIP, n.

The state of being vested with the rights and privileges of a citizen.

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