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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Other Words from civic

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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It’s grand civic architecture, but the entrance area feels like a hospital admissions desk. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Dijon’s Masterpiece of a Museum, Brilliantly Renovated," 20 July 2019 In other words, new construction has to be crammed into parcels already developed — or under-developed, according to real estate interests and their enablers in positions of compliant civic authority, not to mention pressure from the state. John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: Get ready for the development avalanche to continue," 18 July 2019 That haunted history provided the backdrop for the civic angst generated by Mussina’s departure. Peter Schmuck,, "Mike Mussina’s departure from Orioles still rankles some, but decision might have paved his way to Cooperstown," 18 July 2019 Soccer clubs — even the titans of the game — in Great Britain are viewed as civic treasures, seen as being of the community, for the community, supported by the community, powered by the community. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Stan Kroenke, Denver-based KSE accused by local Arsenal fans of “sucking the soul out of the club I love”," 16 July 2019 The Wichita Police Department expects to put Clydesdale horses on patrol for the first time later this summer thanks to two nonprofit civic foundations. USA TODAY, "Penal farm to produce farm, music under the sea: News from around our 50 states," 16 July 2019 The building collapsed in the Dongri neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, said Tanaji Kamble, a spokesman for Mumbai's civic authority. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Building collapses in Mumbai, killing two and trapping dozens inside," 16 July 2019 But Shelton also offers the characters a deft shading of backstory that puts the entire plot into high relief and situates it in a wide, complex, and varied civic landscape. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Sword of Trust,” Reviewed: A Mumblecore Comedy That Takes on the Pro-Confederate Right," 12 July 2019 The class introduces potential leaders to North Texas civic issues and helps them build social networks with prominent decision-makers. Miles Moffeit Elvia Limón, Dallas News, "Tax funds stolen by her husband helped a DeSoto councilwoman. Why didn't authorities fully investigate?," 12 July 2019

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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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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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