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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Throughout the past year, cities installed pedestrian and cycling networks, planted trees and greenery, worked to improve public transit, and rezoned for diverse land uses to provide opportunities for physical activity and civic engagement. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How cities became more equitable in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Experiencing violence at the hands of the state’s keepers made me realize that my role should be making space for others to realize that civic engagement can mean more than just voting. Clarissa Brooks, Teen Vogue, "Nonvoters Have Valid Criticisms of the United States Government," 16 Nov. 2018 Machine-learning models designed to detect these political ads could easily learn these features and systematically prohibit information and ideas central to nonpartisan American civic life. Casey Newton, The Verge, "One way Twitter’s ad archive improves on Facebook’s," 3 Nov. 2018 Photo: Getty Ten black business and civic leaders, including Bruce Gordon, who led the NAACP, and Maya Harris, who worked on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, sit on the group’s board. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "New Group Supports Candidates Who Back Economic Interests of Black Americans," 13 Aug. 2018 Ahead of the board's vote, several business and civic leaders spoke in support of the equity policy, including NAACP President Raoul Cunningham and state Sen. Gerald Neal, a Louisville Democrat and civil rights attorney. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS approves 'historic' policy to tackle racial inequity," 9 May 2018 Additionally, the 300 Year Anniversary Committee invites residents, business, and civic groups to partner in the planning of events, historical observances and legacy projects that will serve as a lasting gift to the greater community. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 27 Mar. 2018 Getting a monthly check from Uncle Sam is not likely to renew the family or the civic foundations of working-class America. W. Bradford Wilcox, WSJ, "‘The Once and Future Worker’ and ‘The Forgotten Americans’ Review: Alienated, Angry, in Need of a Job," 19 Nov. 2018 But one of the central parts of our philosophy here is that rushing to judgement on complicated matters is unwise and bad for our civic health. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems opt to stick it out with Pelosi," 28 Sep. 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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