civil defense


noun

plans or activities organized by civilians and civilian authorities for the protection of civilian population and property in times of such disasters or emergencies as war or floods.

Nearby words

  1. civil air patrol,
  2. civil court,
  3. civil day,
  4. civil death,
  5. civil defence,
  6. civil disobedience,
  7. civil engineer,
  8. civil engineering,
  9. civil law,
  10. civil libertarian

Origin of civil defense

First recorded in 1935–40

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