noun (used with a singular verb)
the study or science of the privileges and obligations of citizens.

1880–85, Americanism; see civic, -ics Unabridged
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civics (ˈsɪvɪks)
1.  the study of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship
2.  (US), (Canadian) the study of government and its workings

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Word Origin & History

"study of the rights and responsibilities of a citizen," 1886, originally Amer.Eng., from civic, by analogy with politics.
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Example sentences
Mom and dad couldn't get enough of it, and hoped the kids were learning
  something about civics, too.
For me, this civics lesson at the mailbox joined together privacy and civil
As a result, this creates an interesting civics problem.
Video games dealing with serious subjects, from civics to surgery, are getting
  increasingly more serious attention.
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