civil defense

civil defense
noun Date: 1939 the system of protective measures and emergency relief activities conducted by civilians in case of hostile attack, sabotage, or natural disaster

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Civil defense — The international distinctive sign of civil defense, defined by the rules of International Humanitarian Law and to be used as a protective sign Civil defense, civil defence (see spelling differences) or civil protection is an effort to protect… …   Wikipedia

  • civil defense — plans or activities organized by civilians and civilian authorities for the protection of civilian population and property in times of such disasters or emergencies as war or floods. [1935 40] * * * All nonmilitary actions taken to reduce loss of …   Universalium

  • civil defense — noun activities organized by civilians for their own protection in time of war or disaster (Freq. 3) • Hypernyms: ↑protection • Hyponyms: ↑fire watching * * * (US) (or Brit civil defence) noun [noncount] : a group of peop …   Useful english dictionary

  • civil defense — civil de fense noun 1. ) uncount the organization and training of ordinary people to help their country s military during a war 2. ) civil defenses plural the preparations that a country makes to prepare for an attack by an enemy …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • 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… …   Military dictionary

  • civil defense — forces which protect and provide security during natural disasters and other crises …   English contemporary dictionary

  • civil defense — Concerted activities for the protection of civilians in time of war, particularly nuclear war, and emergencies fraught with danger to human life …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Civil defense in Israel — deals with a variety of military and terrorist threats to the civilian population, which have included concealed bombs such as suicide bombings and car bombs, projectiles such as missiles, rockets and mortars, and hijacking of aircraft, buses and …   Wikipedia

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