Is there any difference in meaning between the term "civic rights" and the term "civil rights"? Or are they completely interchangeable?

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    Civil rights are obviously the rights of a common man including the politicians while civic rights can also be referred to as political rights which may or may not apply to a common man.Hope this helps. Oct 8, 2015 at 11:29
  • I don't think there are "civic rights"; only "civil." May 13, 2018 at 22:04

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According to the Grammarist, the terms Civic and Civil are defined as follows:

Civic is an adjective which describes an object or person as having to do with a city or town, or that the object was created or came from a city or town. It specifically has to do with the government of a city or the duties involved with running a city.

Civil is an adjective describing an object or a person relating to citizenship or a citizen (i.e., a member of the community) as opposed to the military or church leadership. Civil rights are things that every person of the community has the right to. This term is not discussing human rights, which are things each human on Earth is entitled to, without the need to be a member of a community.

The term Civic Rights would have limited use with regard to an individual citizen. As to whether the two terms, Civil Rights and Civic Rights, are interchangeable, they are not in most cases. Civic applies to rights as a member/official with regard to their community. Civil applies to inalienable rights of the person.

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    My upvote. Civic responsibility/civic duties sound better than civic rights.
    – user140086
    Oct 8, 2015 at 13:44

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