civil rights

  

Definition

Personal rights acquired by an individual by being a citizen or resident, or automatic entitlements to certain freedoms conferred by law or custom. Certain civil rights (such as the right to equality, freedom, good governance, justice, and due process of law) are inalienable like human rights and natural rights, whereas others (such as the right to hold a public office) depend on one's conduct and can be lost. Also called civil liberties.

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  • In the United States, the civil rights movement of the 1960s opened doors for minority entrepreneurs, who had previously been widely marginalized by more affluent white business owners.

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