civil rights

plural noun

Definition of civil rights

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of civil rights

see civil


First Known Use: circa 1614


CIVIL RIGHTS Defined for English Language Learners

civil rights

plural 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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