civil rights
n.
The rights of all citizens to personal liberties, freedom, and equality; rights specifically granted through laws enacted by communities, as opposed to civil liberties, which are rights that the government is not allowed to restrict.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


civil rights
Rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, the 13th and 14th, 15th and 19th Amendments to the Constitution. Civil rights include civil liberties (such as the freedom of speech, press, assembly, and religion), as well as due process, the right to vote, equal and fair treatment by law enforcement and the courts, and the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a democratic society, such as equal access to public schools, recreation, transportation, public facilities, and housing.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


civil rights
Personal liberties that belong to an individual, owing to his or her status as a citizen or resident of a particular country or community.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


civil rights
Personal liberties that belong to an individual, owing to his or her status as a citizen or resident of a particular country or community.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

civil rights
n.
   those rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, the 13th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution, including the right to due process, equal treatment under the law of all people regarding enjoyment of life, liberty, property, and protection. Positive civil rights include the right to vote, the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a democratic society, such as equal access to public schools, recreation, transportation, public facilities, and housing, and equal and fair treatment by law enforcement and the courts.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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