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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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  • The boys got deeply interested in civics, and we let them go as far and as fast as they pleased.

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  • The children write about civics, architecture, localities, books and pictures.

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  • He found it somewhat difficult to see what was to be the practical outcome of civics if studied in the way proposed.

  • Current events should be studied in all history or civics courses.

    Public Speaking Clarence Stratton
  • The paper does not quite bear out its title: "civics: as Applied Sociology."

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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