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Origin of civics

1880–85, Americanism; see civic, -ics Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun (functioning as singular)
  1. the study of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship
  2. US and Canadian the study of government and its workings
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Word Origin and History for civics

"study of the rights and responsibilities of a citizen," 1886, originally American English, from civic, by analogy with politics (see -ics).

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