- An example of civil is a war between citizens of a country.
- An example of civil is when you are polite and say hello to someone, even if you don't like him very much.
The definition of civil refers to something related to citizens or showing good manners and being polite.
- of a citizen or citizens: civil rights
- of a community of citizens, their government, or their interrelations: civil service, civil war
- polite or courteous, esp. in a merely formal way
- of citizens in procedures or matters that are not military or religious: civil marriage
- designating legally recognized divisions of time: a civil year
- of or according to Roman civil law or modern civil law
- relating to the private rights of individuals and to legal actions involving these
Origin of civilOld French ; from Classical Latin civilis ; from civis: see home
- Of, relating to, or befitting a citizen or citizens: civil duties.
- Of or relating to citizens and their interrelations with one another or with the state: government agencies concerned with civil affairs.
- Of ordinary citizens or ordinary community life as distinguished from the military or the ecclesiastical: married in a civil ceremony at city hall.
- Sufficiently observing or befitting accepted social usages; polite: a civil reply. See Synonyms at polite.
- Being in accordance with or denoting legally recognized divisions of time: a civil year.
- Law Relating to the rights of private individuals and legal proceedings concerning these rights as distinguished from criminal, military, or international regulations or proceedings.
Origin of civilMiddle English, from Latin cīvīlis, from cīvis, citizen; see civic.
(comparative more civil, superlative most civil)
From Old French civil, from Latin cīvīlis (“relating to a citizen”), from cīvis (“citizen”).