Definition of civil rights in English:

civil rights

plural noun

  • The rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality.

    • ‘Law and politics should therefore grant to everyone equal political and civil rights.’
    • ‘As Canadian citizens, we are living at an interesting time in national civil rights.’
    • ‘None has caused as much concern among lawmakers and civil rights groups.’
    • ‘But civil rights campaigners claimed the new moves would make little difference.’
    • ‘Freedom of speech is one of the basic civil rights guaranteed in a democratic society.’
    • ‘From here she launched herself into a vigorous campaign to promote human rights and civil rights.’
    • ‘Do we really want to think of the continuing civil rights debates as that sort of war?’
    • ‘Eventually, the civil rights movement began to win the political argument.’
    • ‘Indeed, once again, our media has failed us when it comes to protecting our civil rights.’
    • ‘The traditional political and civil rights are not difficult to institute.’
    • ‘They are the latest in his hard-line approach to policing and are sure to further anger the civil rights lobby.’
    • ‘As with everything else in his life, his use of civil rights was entirely political.’
    • ‘The civil rights law introduces a new political standard: these things are not done to human beings.’
    • ‘The Constitution stipulates the basic political and civil rights of all Russians.’
    • ‘It must be pointed out that the hunt is not at all about the equality of human and civil rights, which is beyond dispute.’
    • ‘This is not to say that anyone who is not a citizen or abjures his or her citizenship is lacking in civil rights.’
    • ‘Many civil rights, enacted over the past 250 years, relate to married couples only.’
    • ‘It breaks every tenant of privacy and civil rights imaginable and will inevitably be denounced by the courts.’
    • ‘He was a product of his times, shaped and moulded by the civil rights struggle and cold war fears of nuclear holocaust.’
    • ‘Is it too naive to hope that if residents were treated as if they too had civil rights, they might behave more responsibly?’
    independence, freedom, autonomy, sovereignty, self government, self rule, self determination, home rule
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