Definition of civil commotion in English:

civil commotion

Line breaks: civil com|mo¦tion

noun

English Law
A riot or similar disturbance.
More example sentences
  • These civil commotions were constantly formented by the monarchs.
  • However, if, thanks to our current state of doubt and insecurity, we allow it to become an everyday feature, we may not even notice its abuse until it's too late to stop without mass civil commotion.
  • Aristotle's great anxiety was stasis, by which he meant civil commotion as a result of the conflict between these opposing classes.

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