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Definition of civics

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The filmmaking is strangely muted, the screenplay more intent on delivering the audience a civics lesson than in moving the soul. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Jamie Foxx impresses in otherwise bland social justice film ‘Just Mercy’," 10 Jan. 2020 An unusual civics lesson This unusual lesson in civics began in August, when the city first filed its variance request, which included proposals to change building heights and to divide the land into different plats. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "City wants to bend its own rules meant to protect waterways, residents fight back," 1 Jan. 2020 All schools must have civics classes in high school!, "Last month, millions of people around the world took to the streets to draw attention to climate change. The," 26 Oct. 2019 Lashley took the initiative three years ago to implement the We the People program, a civics curriculum that immerses students in a study of the U.S. Constitution. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "Berea-Midpark graduate joins Texas Rangers: Around The Town," 20 Sep. 2019 This gathering is, in some sense, a public civics lesson, a legal debate illuminating the concept of impeachment generally and how the allegations against Trump fit specifically, if at all. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Trump has been invited to the impeachment inquiry. Will he decry it via tweet instead?," 27 Nov. 2019 Studying these original sources is a civics lesson in and of itself. Paula Mcavoy, The Conversation, "Students should learn about impeachment in school – here’s how to make it work," 27 Nov. 2019 Lane, a history and civics teacher at Kelly High School, in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood, was in the middle of teaching a unit about how the city funds public-education initiatives. Jack Crosbie, The Atlantic, "As the Strike Approached in Chicago, Teachers Taught Labor," 24 Oct. 2019 Between 2015 and 2017, 17 states passed laws requiring students to pass a civics test based on questions from the US citizenship test., "Webb Chappell for the Boston Globe," 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of civics

1885, in the meaning defined above

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7 Feb 2020

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“Civics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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


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

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