What does civil society mean?

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  1. civil society(Noun)

    All of the institutions, voluntary organizations and corporate bodies that are less than the state but greater than the family


  1. Civil society

    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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of civil society in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of civil society in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Matt Herrick:

    It seemed like a good idea to support civil society.

  2. Helen Zhang:

    The polite and orderly people make me believe this is what a civil society is supposed to be like.

  3. Lawrence Haddad:

    Where leaders in government, civil society, academia and business are committed... anything is possible.

  4. Jose Maria Aranaz:

    We are very worried about this instrumentalization of the judiciary and the continued criminalization of civil society.

  5. A Bartlett Giamatti:

    A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society, and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.

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