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14 / 03 / 2006

'CIVISMO' IN ENGLISH: meaning and examples

Good morning, Recently, many politicians here in Spain have been talking about the lack of civismo (la falta de civismo). In fact, a law has recently been passed in Barcelona to try and encourage citizens to be more civicos. Today we will look at how to say this word in English. Today's word is: civic-mindedness (noun) or civic-minded (adjective) It means: to have the best interests of a town or city in mind; to care about your duties and responsibilities as a citizen. Example 1 The mayor passed a law to try and encourage civic-mindedness among its citizens. Example 2 When people do selfish things which affect the other members of their community, like creating noise pollution, they are not behaving in a very civic-minded way. Example 3 It's contradictory to say that you live in the most beautiful city in the world, and then throw your rubbish on the ground. If you really are proud of your city, then you should try and be civic-minded. Someone who obeys the laws of a city or country is law-abiding. Example 4 In some countries the citizens are very law-abiding, which seems to have an influence on civic-mindedness. If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section or would like to receive a Daily Vitamin Plus! manual, please don't hesitate to contact us. Have a great day!