We the People: Civis – 10 Words


the achievement of an advanced stage of social development

Since the dawn of civilization, people have been fascinated by the behavior of others, particularly when it is outside of society’s norm.Washington Times (Sep 21, 2015)

raise from a barbaric to a civilized state

Never again, the civilized world says of the Holocaust, an evil perpetuated over many years.US News (Aug 10, 2015)

formal or perfunctory politeness

Most societies have successfully maintained standards of civility and respect while keeping open avenues for those who are funny, uncivil and offensive.Seattle Times (Jan 10, 2015)

of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals

This lack of regard, or even awareness, of the civic mission of schools is, historically speaking, a sea change.US News (Sep 17, 2015)

the study of the duties and rights of citizenship

High school history and civics courses are the first line of defense for preparing children to be engaged and active citizens in the political process.Salon (Aug 5, 2015)

a nonmilitary citizen

At the beginning of World War II we were horrified to see the German air forces murdering civilians in Warsaw and later at Rotterdam.US News (Sep 28, 2015)
civil liberty

fundamental individual right protected by law and expressed as immunity from unwarranted governmental interference

Understanding this history of immigration restriction and civil liberties violations is critical to the current debate over birthright citizenship.US News (Aug 25, 2015)
civil service

government workers

A modern civil service system did not emerge until much later, under the administration of President Theodore Roosevelt.Washington Times (Sep 29, 2015)
civil suit

a lawsuit alleging violations of civil law by the defendant

A civil suit that leads to a settlement or court order, therefore, could ultimately be more important than a criminal prosecution.Slate (Nov 26, 2014)

without civilizing influences

Philosophers and anthropologists have studied the question as a way of assessing human nature in its most raw and uncivilized form.Washington Post (Jul 9, 2015)

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