All of the institutions, voluntary organizations and corporate bodies that are less than the state but greater than the family
The meaning of the term civil society is contested. It is sometimes considered to include the family and the private sphere, and referred to as the "third sector" of society, distinct from government and business. Dictionary.com's 21st Century Lexicon defines civil society as 1 the aggregate of non-governmental organizations and institutions that manifest interests and will of citizens or 2 individuals and organizations in a society which are independent of the government. Sometimes the term is used in the more general sense of "the elements such as freedom of speech, an independent judiciary, etc, that make up a democratic society". Volunteering is often considered a defining characteristic of the organizations that constitute civil society, which in turn are often called NGOs, or NPOs. Most authorities have in mind the realm of public participation in voluntary associations, trade unions and the like, but it is not necessary to belong to all of these to be a part of civil society.
The numerical value of civil society in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of civil society in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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It seemed like a good idea to support civil society.
A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society, and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.
Together with our nation and civil society institutions, the results of June 7 elections will pave the way for the swift preparation of a new constitution.
... Religion ... [is] the basis and foundation of government ... before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.
It will be very hard for sectors that bet on the overthrow of the government to reposition themselves in the current situation, there are other independent civil society groups that don't want to overthrow the government.
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