the civil rights movement
The definition of civil rights are the rights guaranteed to the individual by amendments to the Constitution and other laws passed by Congress that give people the right to vote, equal treatment and freedom from slavery.
An examples of civil rights are the 13th, 14th 15th and 19th Amendments to the Constitution.
the rights of citizens; specif., those rights guaranteed to the individual by the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 19th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States and by other acts of Congress, esp. the right to vote, exemption from involuntary servitude, and equal treatment of all people with respect to the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property and to the protection of law
civil rights Idioms
[oftenthe C- R- M-] the political movement in the U.S., esp. in the mid-20th cent., supporting civil rights for African-Americans
The rights belonging to an individual by virtue of citizenship, especially the fundamental freedoms and privileges guaranteed by the 13th and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution and by subsequent acts of Congress, including civil liberties, due process, equal protection of the laws, and freedom from discrimination.
- Of or relating to such rights or privileges: civil rights legislation.
- Of or relating to a political movement, especially during the 1950s and 1960s, devoted to securing equal opportunity and treatment for members of minority groups.
(normally plural, singular civil right)
- (US) Those rights which are expressly enumerated in the U.S. Constitution and are considered to be unquestionable, deserved by all people under all circumstances, especially without regard to race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender and disabilities.