Definition of civil society in US English:

civil society

noun

  • Society considered as a community of citizens linked by common interests and collective activity.

    ‘the corrosive impact of fear on politics and civil society’
    ‘they make important contributions to civil society’
    ‘a flourishing civil society indifferent to race, gender, or economic category’
    • ‘Can they adopt some of the practices and institutions of civil society?’
    • ‘State control is total, leaving no room for civil society to grow.’
    • ‘One step forward for civil society may now mean two steps back.’
    • ‘Civil society springs up in tyranny's wake.’
    • ‘There are very legitimate reasons to believe it might almost be impossible to get a civil society in place very fast.’
    • ‘Building a civil society here is going to take a while.’
    • ‘Hamlet's lucky rescue by pirates opens up moral and legal perspectives beyond sovereignty and civil society.’
    • ‘Any civil society has be culturally adaptable.’
    • ‘Peru's civil society had been reborn.’
    • ‘Winston Churchill once said that reservists were "twice the citizen" because of their dual commitments to civil society and the military.’
    • ‘Europe, viciously divided against itself for centuries, has knit together into a democratic and civil society.’
    • ‘Defining art's place in civil society is a no less thorny issue today.’
    • ‘I'm asking record companies to realize that they have a responsibility to a civil society.’
    • ‘Those men are beginning the process of reintegration into civil society.’
    • ‘There are some encouraging signs that a civil society is emerging especially in the area of environmental protection.’
    • ‘I do believe that the government is - at least verbally - committed in getting this civil society in place.’
    • ‘They want responsible, public-minded citizens but refuse to give civil society a chance.’
    • ‘Weak civil society leads to high crime, low productivity and all kinds of social pathology.’
    • ‘The fact is that the only institution in the world today that is more powerful than the American government, is American civil society.’
    • ‘What those who are afraid of civil society breaking down don't realize is that civil society has already broken down!’