Definition of civil defense in English:

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civil defense

Pronunciation: /ˌsiv(ə)l dəˈfens/


The organization and training of civilians for the protection of lives and property during and after attacks in wartime.
Example sentences
  • Britain's wartime civil defence workers are being commemorated at an exhibition during Remembrance weekend.
  • The ending of the Cold War has resulted in diminished interest in, and budgeting for, civil defence in the traditional sense as a response to military attack.
  • These senior ministers would have been accompanied by military, intelligence and civil defence officers.
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