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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Recent Examples on the Web Riding a wave of enthusiasm, civic engagement, and racial awareness sparked by the protests against the police killing of George Floyd, the campaigns of these impressive candidates had surged in recent weeks. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Jamaal Bowman’s Performance in New York Caps a Big Night for Progressive Democrats," 24 June 2020 Given its prime location near downtown, many developers and politicians suggested that the cemetery might be relocated, perhaps in favor of a civic center. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "From Wally Hickel to Miss Wiggles, the storied history of Anchorage’s first cemetery," 22 June 2020 For many, Juneteenth has been a holiday that promotes civic engagement, voter suppression, and equality for all blacks. Fox News, "Calls increase to make Juneteenth a national holiday," 19 June 2020 Since then, civic groups and business leaders have looked for a way to burnish the city’s image, and most have focused on the Confederate statue by the courthouse. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Don’t be fooled. Huntsville’s Confederate monument isn’t going anywhere.," 11 June 2020 Three black civic groups addressed a letter to Resch, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Council commissioners to address the issue. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Portland police chief resigns, African American lieutenant promoted amid George Floyd protests," 8 June 2020 Contact neighborhood associations and other civic groups to link up with others who are willing to join in. Lauren Lee, CNN, "How you can help cities and communities get back on their feet," 3 June 2020 In Nigeria, online campaigns, civic society groups and celebrities are protesting the killing of a 16-year old girl Tina Ezekwe last week by police officers. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "George Floyd’s killing touches a nerve with Africans who know police brutality at home and abroad," 1 June 2020 Fischer's office also announced Tuesday the creation of a SummerWorks fellowship on civic engagement. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville SummerWorks program adds hundreds of jobs, new fellowship for youths," 17 June 2020

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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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The first known use of civic was in 1655

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2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Civic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of civic

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


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Legal Definition of civic

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

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