Meaning of “civil rights” in the English Dictionary


"civil rights" in American English

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civil rightsplural noun

/ˈsɪv·əl ˈrɑɪts/

politics & government the rights of each person in a society, including equality under the law and in employment and the right to vote:

In the 1960s, civil rights were extended by law to include all Americans.

(Definition of “civil rights” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)