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Dictionary Definition

civil adj
1 applying to ordinary citizens; "civil law"; "civil authorities"
2 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 [syn: polite] [ant: uncivil]
3 of or occurring within the state or between or among citizens of the state; "civil affairs"; "civil strife"; "civil disobediece"; "civil branches of government"
4 of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals; "civil rights"; "civil liberty"; "civic duties"; "civic pride" [syn: civic]
5 (of divisions of time) legally recognized in ordinary affairs of life; "the civil calendar"; "a civil day begins at mean midnight" [ant: sidereal]
6 of or in a condition of social order; "civil peoples"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈsɪvəl/, /"sIv@l/


From Latin civilis meaning that it refers to "civilized city dwelling" as opposed to the rural ways of the countryside.


  1. Having to do with people and government office as opposed to the military or religion.
    She went into civil service because she wanted to help the people.
  2. Behaving in a reasonable or polite manner.
    It was very civil of him to stop the argument.

Derived terms




  1. civil

Related terms



  1. civil
  2. artig
  3. hövlig


Extensive Definition

Civil may refer to:
civil in Italian: Civile
civil in Swedish: Civil

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