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civ·il de·fense

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. civil defensenoun

    activities organized by civilians for their own protection in time of war or disaster

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  1. Civil defense

    Civil defense, or civil protection is an effort to protect the citizens of a state from military attack. It uses the principles of emergency operations: prevention, mitigation, preparation, response, or emergency evacuation, and recovery. Programmes of this sort were initially discussed at least as early as the 1920s and were implemented in many countries, but only became widespread after the threat of nuclear weapons was realized. Since the end of the Cold War, the focus of civil defense has largely shifted from military attack to emergencies and disasters in general. The new concept is described by a number of terms, each of which has its own specific shade of meaning, such as crisis management, emergency management, emergency preparedness, contingency planning, emergency services, and civil protection. In some countries, civil defense is seen as a key part of "total defense". For example in Sweden, the Swedish word totalförsvar refers to the commitment of a wide range of resources of the nation to its defense - including to civil protection. Respectively, some countries may have military-organized civil defense units as part of their armed forces or as a paramilitary service.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Civil Defense

    Preventive emergency measures and programs designed to protect the individual or community in times of hostile attack.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. civil defense

    All those activities and measures designed or undertaken to: a. minimize the effects upon the civilian population caused or which would be caused by an enemy attack on the United States; b. deal with the immediate emergency conditions that would be created by any such attack; and c. effectuate emergency repairs to, or the emergency restoration of, vital utilities and facilities destroyed or damaged by any such attack.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of civil defense in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of civil defense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of civil defense in a Sentence

  1. Max Voirol:

    In the 1960's this was scheduled to be a fallout shelter, they had plans to store a whole bunch of people down here during the Cuban missile crisis. It was actually going to be the largest civil defense shelter in the entire country. Louisville, Kentucky would've been the place to be.

  2. Mohamad Adeeb:

    Castello is the road to death to Aleppo. I did not know whether I would make it to Aleppo city alive, i saw death with my own eyes, with corpses lying on the way and dozens of trucks and civilian cars and bodies that none of the civil defense teams were able to recover because of the intensity of the shelling of the regime and Russian warplanes.

  3. Dubai Media Office:

    A fire has been reported to have broken out in a container within a ship anchored in Jebel Ali Port. A Dubai Civil Defense team is working to put out the blaze.

  4. Molly Hennessy-Fiske:

    Hands, feet -- there were some remains that were wrapped in blankets, most of them that they had retrieved they put in body bags. And (the civil defense group) unzipped some of those because they wanted to show us that some of the victims were women, including at least one pregnant woman and children. Some babies as well.

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  • défense civileFrench
  • नागरिक सुरक्षाHindi
  • சிவில் பாதுகாப்புTamil
  • شہری دفاعUrdu
  • 民防Chinese

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