Definition of civil commotion in English:

civil commotion

noun

English Law
  • A riot or similar disturbance.

    • ‘Aristotle's great anxiety was stasis, by which he meant civil commotion as a result of the conflict between these opposing classes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These civil commotions were constantly formented by the monarchs.’
    • ‘The only discussion we had was whether the bomb blasts damage should be classified as terrorist or civil commotion risk.’