civ·​ic | \ ˈsi-vik How to pronounce civic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce civically (audio) \ 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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As a local magistrate and civic leader, Corwin was called upon to investigate the claims of diabolical activity when a surge of witchcraft accusations arose in Salem and neighboring communities. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Live In A Replica Of The Salem Witch House," 31 Oct. 2018 Paul Allen was a profound public leader, leaving an indelible mark on many aspects of civic life here in Seattle, including the growth and success of professional soccer. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "‘His legacy will live on forever’: Seattle sports figures reflect on Paul Allen’s impact with Seahawks," 15 Oct. 2018 The idea is to make the three-block stretch into a compelling sequence of varied spaces — civic in scale, able to absorb protests and parades with ease, but cozy enough so that nearby residents and workers might want to stop by on a daily basis. John King,, "Civic Center makeover: Here’s the plan to revamp the heart of SF," 29 June 2018 Fair and equal access to it—net neutrality—is vital to small businesses, entrepreneurship, and to our civic and personal lives. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Net neutrality foe Marsha Blackburn gets 85% of the vote in GOP Senate primary," 3 Aug. 2018 Our leaders must aggressively address the disconnect that many people feel from their civic and electoral institutions; inclusive engagement and advocacy are critical to meeting the needs of all Californians. sacbee, "Antonia Hernandez," 27 June 2018 But Cruz’s change of heart underscores the chorus of bipartisan politicians and civic and religious leaders across the country who’ve said such tactics are unacceptable — even as the Trump administration has vowed to stand by them. Will Weissert,, "Ted Cruz’s flip-flop on family separation shows threat to GOP," 19 June 2018 Young women of color, however, engaged in the most activities on average: 2.62 political or civic activities compared with 2.44 activities of white women. Melissa Deckman, Vox, "Will young women of color shape the Democratic Party?," 23 Aug. 2018 Michelle Harris, 8th, Patrick Daley Thompson, 11th, and Margaret Laurino, 39th, are among the political and civic leaders going. Gregory Pratt,, "CTA deal tops agenda as Emanuel heads to China next week," 6 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 How to pronounce civic (audio) \

Kids Definition of civic

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


civ·​ic | \ ˈsi-vik How to pronounce civic (audio) \

Legal Definition of civic

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

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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