- 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.
civil rights definition by Webster's New World
civil rights definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
civil rights - Cultural Definition
A broad range of privileges and rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and subsequent amendments and laws that guarantee fundamental freedoms to all individuals. These freedoms include the rights of free expression and action (civil liberties); the right to enter into contracts, own property, and initiate lawsuits; the rights of due process and equal protection of the laws; opportunities in education and work; the freedom to live, travel, and use public facilities wherever one chooses; and the right to participate in the democratic political system.
- Efforts to redress the situation of inequality, such as the civil rights movement and the women's movement, have resulted in legislation such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in affirmative action, and in the creation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.