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[siv-iks] /ˈsɪv ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the study or science of the privileges and obligations of citizens.
Origin of civics
1880-85, Americanism; see civic, -ics Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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 liberties.
  • 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.
  • If colleges would make civics courses an entrance requirement, that might change.
  • Again, thanks for your interest in civics and for visiting this site.
British Dictionary definitions for civics


noun (functioning as sing)
the study of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship
(US & Canadian) the study of government and its workings
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for civics

"study of the rights and responsibilities of a citizen," 1886, originally American English, from civic, by analogy with politics (see -ics).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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