civ·​ic | \ ˈsi-vik How to pronounce civic (audio) \

Definition of civic

: of or relating to a citizen, a city, citizenship, or community affairs civic duty civic pride civic leaders

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civically \ ˈsi-​vi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce civic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of civic in a Sentence

Recent improvements to the downtown area are a point of civic pride. the library association and other civic groups Voting is your civic duty.
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Recent Examples on the Web In the opinion pages Justin Stapley: Voting should be the culmination of civic engagement. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Sep. 2021 Election efforts will probably keep rolling forward, making the recall one more chapter in a continuing storyline of identity politics that has captivated some, bored others and, for many, become an endurance test of civic engagement. Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2021 No states had a civics curriculum that included a local problem-solving component, a key element in the acquisition of the skills and agency for civic engagement. Keith Magee, CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 Julie Gunnigle, director of politics and civic engagement with Arizona NORML, a marijuana advocacy group, said despite the surge of applications the number of petitions is quite low when compared to how many people are eligible. Isabella Martillaro, The Arizona Republic, 4 Sep. 2021 Federal work-study, like state work study, requires part and full-time students to demonstrate financial need; however, the program encourages students to work in civic engagement or in their field of study. Anthony Copeman, Essence, 30 Aug. 2021 Her outspokenness about going to the polls just might spike the civic engagement of her followers (Asian Americans and people between the ages of 18–25 have the lowest voter turnout rates). Helen Li, Marie Claire, 30 Aug. 2021 And that is not including the tens of thousands of others who worked for non-governmental organizations, foundations, civic society, and the education field. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 19 Aug. 2021 The second: the more general erosion of trust in the sustaining institutions of civic society. David M. Shribman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 July 2021

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First Known Use of civic

1655, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for civic

Latin civicus, from civis citizen — more at city

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25 Sep 2021

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“Civic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of civic

: of or relating to a city or town or the people who live there
: relating to citizenship or being a citizen


civ·​ic | \ ˈsi-vik How to pronounce civic (audio) \

Kids Definition of civic

: of or relating to a citizen, a city, or citizenship civic pride civic duty


civ·​ic | \ ˈsi-vik How to pronounce civic (audio) \

Legal Definition of civic

: of or relating to a citizen, a city, citizenship, or civil affairs

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