Definition of civil rights in English:

civil rights

plural noun

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

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

civil rights

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