[siv-i-tas; Latin kee-wi-tahs]
- the body of citizens who constitute a state, especially a city-state, commonwealth, or the like.
- citizenship, especially as imparting shared responsibility, a common purpose, and sense of community.
Origin of civitas
< Latin cīvitās. See city
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Examples from the Web for civitates
The country was divided into about ninety states (civitates).The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor