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Man in the street polite to leaders? I'm afraid not! (8)

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I believe the answer is:

civilian

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Here is my best explanation:

'man in the street' is the definition.

The answer and definition can be both people as well as being singular nouns.

Maybe you can see an association between them that I don't see?

'polite to leaders? i'm afraid not' is the subsidiary indication.

'polite' becomes 'civil' ('civil' can be a synonym of 'polite').

'to leaders?' indicates taking the first letters (I've seen 'leader' mean this).

The initial letters of 'im afraid not' is 'ian'.

'civil'+'ian'='civilian'

This clue was last seen in The Irish Times

(Other definitions for civilian that I've seen before include "Member of a country", "Not in the armed forces", "out of service", "He's not in the clergy or military", "Not military", "Not in forces or police", "Citizen (non-military)", "One who is not a member of the forces of law and order.", "Non-combatant" and "Nonmilitary person".)

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