civ·ic | \ˈsi-vik \

Definition of civic 

: of or relating to a citizen, a city, citizenship, or community affairs civic duty civic pride civic leaders

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civically \ˈsi-vi-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of civic in a Sentence

Recent improvements to the downtown area are a point of civic pride. the library association and other civic groups Voting is your civic duty.
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The other items in Amendment 8 deal with term limits for school board members and the teaching of civic literacy. Leslie Postal,, "Lawsuit seeks to block proposed constitutional Amendment 8 from ballot," 13 July 2018 Certainly any bystander watching what is occurring, and seeing that officer on the scene do absolutely nothing, would be under some moral or at least some civic obligation to use their voice and express disappointment. Darcel Rockett,, "Familiar questions about ‘bystander effect’ arise after man berates woman for Puerto Rico shirt," 12 July 2018 Born October 22, 1941, Aaron was an active and engaged member of the Bristol community, as former President of Pepsi-Cola/Elco Beverage Bottling Company and through many civic and professional organizations. Hartford Courant,, "Aaron P. Silver," 12 July 2018 For more than two decades, following a neighborhood campaign to save what was once a dwindling congregation, the building has served as a civic center, informal town hall, and multifaith house of worship. Anya Van Wagtendonk,, "To save the world, first they must save a building in West Philly," 12 July 2018 Filming mainly from 2012-17, the director invites air and light into her shots through the apartment’s wide-open windows, her camera revealing a leafy, upscale neighborhood whose embassies attract boisterous civic protests. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Other Side of Everything,’ a Belgrade Apartment Symbolizes Upheaval," 12 July 2018 At this moment, our most pressing concern should not be winning the individual argument regarding the merits of more or less government, but rather our civic self-interest in a functioning society. Stanley M. Bergman, Fortune, "To Be a Better Nation, Bring Back Civility," 10 July 2018 Lewis represented Ward 1, which includes the civic center and the sixth grade academy, and served on the Marietta City School Board before joining the council. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Former Marietta councilwoman Annette Lewis dies at 63," 10 July 2018 People leave the memorial service of civic leader and philanthropist Edith McAllister Monday afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Personal side of late philanthropist celebrated," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of civic

1655, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for civic

Latin civicus, from civis citizen — more at city

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English Language Learners Definition of civic

: of or relating to a city or town or the people who live there

: relating to citizenship or being a citizen


civ·ic | \ˈsi-vik \

Kids Definition of civic

: of or relating to a citizen, a city, or citizenship civic pride civic duty


civ·ic | \ˈsi-vik \

Legal Definition of civic 

: of or relating to a citizen, a city, citizenship, or civil affairs

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a state of commotion or excitement

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