Definition of civic in English:

civic

Syllabification: civ·ic
Pronunciation: /ˈsivik
 
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adjective

[attributive]
  • 1Of or relating to a city or town, especially its administration; municipal: civic and business leaders
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    • Such concerns pushed civic leaders toward municipal control of those networks.
    • Perhaps a few people involved in civic administration might feel more important if we became a city but I oppose the idea.
    • Why has a city of 14 million allowed a civic administration of a few thousand to hold it to ransom?
    Synonyms
    municipal, city, town, urban, metropolitan; public, civil, community, local
  • 1.1Of or relating to the duties or activities of people in relation to their town, city, or local area: they could not be denied access to education, the vote, and other civic rights
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    • The aim of the competition is to recognise improvements made by local communities to create civic pride in their area.
    • There is no older civic duty than public participation in the law.
    • The least satisfactory aspect concerned the civic virtue of locals.

Derivatives

civically

Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
More example sentences
  • This ignorance and lack of involvement civically is a problem for a functioning democracy, which requires participation of the governed.
  • If not civically engaged, what is one's status in a democratic society?
  • Extracurricular activities have long been known to contribute to students' tendencies to become and remain civically engaged, even after decades have passed.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French civique or Latin civicus, from civis 'citizen'. The original use was in civic garland, crown, etc., translating Latin corona civica, denoting a garland of oak leaves and acorns given in ancient Rome to a person who saved a fellow citizen's life.

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