civ·​ics ˈsi-viks How to pronounce civics (audio)
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: a social science dealing with the rights and duties of citizens

Examples of civics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For one, this suggests that too many teachers think of civics instruction as a chance to promote a particular policy agenda. Time, 12 Jan. 2023 The seriocomic vote for speaker of the house is sure to be banned from future Florida civics and political science textbooks. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Jan. 2023 Andrew Wilkes is chief policy and advocacy officer for Generation Citizen, a nonpartisan national civics education organization that provided support to Measure VY proponents. Connor Sheetsstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2022 The civics group also claims the defendants are affiliated with the Oath Keepers, a right-wing militia group on trial in a D.C. federal court for seditious conspiracy in relation to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 2 Nov. 2022 But something more concrete is missing, which directly preceded the civics fiasco of 2020. WSJ, 28 Oct. 2022 Wanting to avoid a scare like that again led him to remake the state Democratic Party using a variety of techniques, some suitable for a civics textbook, some not. Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker, 24 Oct. 2022 Watt will be joined in his adventures — a combination of civics and social studies curriculum — by the flying kite aptly named Windy, his neighbor and friend from Skytown. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Oct. 2022 In the 1950s, the civics portion of the exam became a required piece of the naturalization process. Devika Rao, The Week, 28 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of civics was in 1885

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“Civics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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civ·​ics ˈsiv-iks How to pronounce civics (audio)
: the study of the rights and duties of citizens

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