civil rights

plural noun
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of civil rights

: 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

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Origin and Etymology of civil rights

see civil


CIVIL RIGHTS Defined for English Language Learners

civil rights

noun

Definition of civil rights for English Language Learners

  • : the rights that every person should have regardless of his or her sex, race, or religion



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