civ·​ics | \ ˈsi-viks How to pronounce civics (audio) \

Definition of civics

: a social science dealing with the rights and duties of citizens

Examples of civics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But those seeking citizenship through naturalization must navigate a complex system that includes the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services civics test — more commonly referred to as the citizenship test. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: S.A. is the only big Texas city with no vaccine registry. Here's why.," 17 Mar. 2021 There are 128 possible questions on the 2020 version of the civics test. Hearst Television, Chron, "Can you pass the U.S. Citizenship test? Take it now," 16 Mar. 2021 The person must also pass a civics test, with a study guide of about 100 questions. Natalia E. Contreras, The Indianapolis Star, "'This day has finally come': What voting means for new American citizens in Indiana," 27 Oct. 2020 Chemistry, biology, physics, history, geography, civics, and foreign languages have all been passed over. The Editors, National Review, "Against California’s Ethnic-Studies Curriculum," 18 Mar. 2021 Under the governor's proposal, teachers who get credentialed in teaching civics would get a $3,000 bonus. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "DeSantis condemns critical race theory, says it won't be taught in Florida classrooms," 18 Mar. 2021 DeSantis also wants graduating high schoolers to pass a civics test similar to what aspiring U.S. citizens take, part of a $106 million proposal for this year’s budget. Leslie Postal,, "DeSantis calls for $3,000 bonuses for Florida teachers who complete civics education training," 17 Mar. 2021 In any event, Cervetti said, NAEP has tests in content areas like civics and U.S. history that are designed to assess knowledge. Natalie Wexler, Forbes, "Can We Measure Reading Comprehension Separately From Knowledge?," 11 Mar. 2021 Long is on Commission 1192, which develops recommendations for the expansion of inclusive civics and history education requirements in Colorado. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Kids still aren't learning LGBTQ history. The Equality Act might change that.," 6 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of civics

1885, in the meaning defined above

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12 Apr 2021

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“Civics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of civics

chiefly US : the study of the rights and duties of citizens and of how government works


civ·​ics | \ ˈsi-viks How to pronounce civics (audio) \

Kids Definition of civics

: the study of the rights and duties of citizens and of how government works

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