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Definitions of civil

  1. Civilly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  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. applying to ordinary citizens; "civil law"; "civil authorities" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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
  6. Having the manners of one dwelling in a city, as opposed to those of savages or rustics; polite; courteous; complaisant; affable. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Pertaining to civic life and affairs, in distinction from military, ecclesiastical, or official state. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Relating to rights and remedies sought by action or suit distinct from criminal proceedings. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Noncriminal. See civil case.
  10. Subject to government; reduced to order; civilized; not barbarous; - said of the community. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Performing the duties of a citizen; obedient to government; - said of an individual. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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.
  13. Pertaining to a city or citizens; polite; intestine. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. Formally polite. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Of or pertaining to a citizen. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Occurring between citizens of the same country, as a war. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.

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Usage examples for civil

  1. She understood well enough that Mr. Fenwick had not come over from Bullhampton to shake hands with her husband, and to say a few civil words. – The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
  2. As it was, they were very civil – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
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