Definition of civil defence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


civil defence

BrE BrE//ˌsɪvl dɪˈfens//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsɪvl dɪˈfens//
(especially US English civil defense) [uncountable]
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the organization and training of ordinary people to protect themselves from attack during a war or, in the US, from natural disasters such as hurricanes