from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The branch of political science that deals with civic affairs and the rights and duties of citizens.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The study of good citizenship and proper membership in a community.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science of civil government.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of civil government; the principles of government in their application to society.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the social science of municipal affairs


From Latin civicus ("having to do with citizens or a town or city") (Wiktionary)



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