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Definitions of civil

  1. of or occurring within the state or between or among citizens of the state; "civil affairs"; "civil strife"; "civil disobediece"; "civil branches of government" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. of or in a condition of social order; "civil peoples" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others; "even if he didn't like them he should have been civil"- W.S. Maugham Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (of divisions of time) legally recognized in ordinary affairs of life; "the civil calendar"; "a civil day begins at mean midnight" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. applying to ordinary citizens; "civil law"; "civil authorities" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. Pertaining to a city or state, or to a citizen in his relations to his fellow citizens or to the state; within the city or state. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Having the manners of one dwelling in a city, as opposed to those of savages or rustics; polite; courteous; complaisant; affable. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Pertaining to civic life and affairs, in distinction from military, ecclesiastical, or official state. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Relating to rights and remedies sought by action or suit distinct from criminal proceedings. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Noncriminal. See civil case.
  11. Subject to government; reduced to order; civilized; not barbarous; - said of the community. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Performing the duties of a citizen; obedient to government; - said of an individual. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Pertaining to the affairs of a city or government; taking place in, or pertaining to, affairs within a nation; as, civil war; of or pertaining to citizens; not military or ecclesiastical; polite; often, barely polite. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. Civilly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Pertaining to the community: having the refinement of city bred people: polite: commercial, not military: lay, not ecclesiastical. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. Pertaining to a city or citizens; polite; intestine. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. Formally polite. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Of or pertaining to a citizen. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Occurring between citizens of the same country, as a war. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Relating to a community or people, as citizens and subjects of a state; political, as opposed to criminal; lay, as opposed to ecclesiastical; intestine, as opposed to foreign; municipal, commercial, legislative, &c., as opposed to military; well regulated, opposed to rude and barbarous; civilized; polite; courteous. Civil architecture, the science of constructing buildings for the purposes of civil life. Civil death, that which cuts off a man from civil society, or its privileges, as banishment, outlawry, entering into a monastery, &c. Civil law, the law of a state or country, specially Roman law. Civil list, the officers of the civil government; the yearly sum granted for the support of the reigning monarch's household and the dignity of the crown. Civil state, the whole body of the citizens, as distinct from the military, maritime, and ecclesiastical bodies. Civil service, the paid service done to the state, exclusive of that of the army and navy. Civil suit, an action between citizen and citizen, as opposed to a criminal process, which is between the sovereign or state and a citizen. Civil war, a war between people of the same state or community. Civil year, the legal year as distinguished from the exact solar year. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. Relating to the ordinary affairs and government of the people of any country, as civil rights and privileges, &c.; political as opposed to criminal; intestine as opposed to foreign; lay as distinguished from ecclesiastical; ordinary life as distinguished from military; courteous; gentle and obliging; affable; kind; polite. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  22. Subject to government; reduced to order; civilized; not barbarous; -- said of the community. mso.anu.edu.au
  23. Performing the duties of a citizen; obedient to government; -- said of an individual. mso.anu.edu.au
  24. Subject to government; reduced to order; civilized; not barbarous; said of the community. dictgcide_fs
  25. Performing the duties of a citizen; obedient to government; said of an individual. dictgcide_fs
  26. siv'il, adj. pertaining to the community: having the refinement of city-bred people: polite: commercial, not military: lay, secular, or temporal, not ecclesiastical: pertaining to the individual citizen: (law) relating to private relations amongst citizens, and such suits as arise out of these, as opposed to criminal: (theol.) naturally good, as opposed to good through regeneration.--ns. CIVIL'IAN, a professor or student of civil law (not canon law): one engaged in civil as distinguished from military and other pursuits; CIV'ILIST, one versed in civil law; CIVIL'ITY, good-breeding: politeness.--adv. CIV'ILLY.--adj. CIV'IL-SUIT'ED (Milton), sombrely clad.--n. CIV'ISM, good citizenship, state of being well-affected to the government.--CIVIL DEATH, the loss of all civil and legal but not natural privileges, as by outlawry: CIVIL ENGINEER, one who plans rail-ways, docks, &c., as opposed to a military engineer, or to a mechanical engineer, who makes machines, &c.; CIVIL LAW, as opposed to criminal law: the law laid down by a state regarding the rights of the inhabitants; CIVIL LIST, now the expenses of the sovereign's household only; CIVIL LIST PENSIONS, those granted by royal favour; CIVIL SERVICE, the paid service of the state, in so far as it is not military or naval; CIVIL WAR, a war between citizens of the same state. [L. civ[=i]lis--civis.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  27. Of gregarious men (c. society, life); of a citizen community (c. institutions; c. war, confined to this, between fellow-citizens, The C. W., in Eng., between Charles I& Parliament, in United States, War of Secession); of, becoming, a citizen (c. rights, liberty; c. spirit); polite, obliging, not rude, whence (with pl. =favours) civility n.; not naval or military (c. engineer; C. Service, all non-warlike branches of State administration, C. Servant, member of one of them); not ecclesiastical (c. magistrates, & formerly c. law); not criminal (c. law, concerning questions of private rights merely); not natural or astronomical (c. day, year, as recognized for dating &c.); C. Law, Roman law (so D.C.L.; & see above); c. list, Parliamentary allowance for King\'s household& royal pensions. Hence civilly adv. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  28. c. marriage, marriage solemnized as a c. contract, without religious ceremony. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  29. Relating to the community, political ; not foreign, intestine ; not ecclesiastical ; not military ; civilized, not barbarous ; complaisant, gentle, well bred; relating to the ancient consular or imperial government, as civil law. Complete Dictionary

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