civil defense


: the system of protective measures and emergency relief activities conducted by civilians in case of hostile attack, sabotage, or natural disaster

Examples of civil defense in a Sentence

She's in training to be part of the local civil defense. the head of civil defense
Recent Examples on the Web Persistent rains and destructive flooding in the southern Brazilian state have left 150 people dead, 2.1 million affected, 620,000 residents displaced and 807 people injured, according to civil defense officials. Leah Sarnoff, ABC News, 17 May 2024 About 136 people have also been reported to be missing, the state's civil defense authority has said, as per Reuters. Saman Shafiq, USA TODAY, 9 May 2024 The state's civil defense reported that nearly half of its 497 cities have been affected. Fox News, 3 May 2024 Nearly 10,000 people have been forced to flee their homes, the civil defense agency in Rio Grande do Sul said in a statement. Ana Ionova, New York Times, 2 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for civil defense 

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of civil defense was in 1939

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“Civil defense.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

civil defense

: protective actions and emergency relief activities carried on by civilians in case of enemy attack or natural disaster

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