civil rights

plural noun

: the nonpolitical rights of a citizen
especially : the rights of personal liberty guaranteed to U.S. citizens by the 13th and 14th amendments to the Constitution and by acts of Congress
was charged with violating the victim's civil rights

Examples of civil rights in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was scheduled to give a keynote address at the national conference of UnidosUS, a large civil rights organization focused on Latinos, on Wednesday. Astrid Galván, Axios, 17 July 2024 White Lies This devastating podcast from NPR, which looks back to the 1965 murder of Reverend James Reeb—a white pastor involved in the civil rights movement—in Selma, Alabama, is a powerful window into the secrets and unspoken truths of race relations in the American South. Clarissa Schmidt, Vogue, 17 July 2024 The project also drew national media attention after the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner that June. Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY, 17 July 2024 On Wednesday, Biden will speak in Las Vegas to a gathering of UnidosUS, a leading Hispanic civil rights organization. Toluse Olorunnipa, Washington Post, 17 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for civil rights 

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Word History

Etymology

see civil

First Known Use

circa 1614, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of civil rights was circa 1614

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“Civil rights.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/civil%20rights. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

civil rights

plural noun
: the nonpolitical rights of a citizen
especially : the rights of personal liberty guaranteed to U.S. citizens by the 13th and 14th amendments to the Constitution and by acts of Congress

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