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

Definition of civics

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

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The bill privileges immigrants who have lofty education and professional credentials and proficiency in English, and requires them to take a civics exam. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “Madame Speaker, Did You Bring Your Handcuffs?”," 19 May 2019 The arguments made by Sen. Rubio show why America needs better history and civics courses. WSJ, "Trump, Rubio and Enlightened Nationalism," 19 Nov. 2018 Application fees run about $700, and there's a civics test. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "How these new U.S. citizens see immigration reform," 20 June 2018 Both versions of the legislation call for creating a new high school voter registration challenge, teacher training opportunities, and a civics project competition. Jamie Halper,, "Lawmakers consider new civics requirements for students," 21 June 2018 Boston Lawmakers pass bill to require civics classes The Massachusetts House has approved legislation to encourage civics education in public schools, but without a graduation requirement included in the Senate version of the bill., "New England news in brief," 30 May 2018 Meiris had won a $100,000, five-year grant from the National Constitution Center for a civics program and told students to choose what to do with $2,500. Michaelle Bond,, "WiFi? Street repairs? Parks? Cities let residents choose how to spend their tax dollars," 14 May 2018 Trump’s latest courtroom defeat offers yet another civics lesson about checks and balances for the first president in American history who lacks any prior governing or military experience. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Republican judges warn of ‘tyranny’ as they block Trump on ‘sanctuary cities’," 20 Apr. 2018 Advocating for voter registration education in the 10th and 11th grades through the U.S. and world history courses, not waiting until 12th grade, when it is discussed during Advanced Placement government and civics classes. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Protesting students at Del Norte High advocate for school safety," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of civics

1885, in the meaning defined above

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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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