- The definition of civility refers to politeness or etiquette.
When you do not really like someone very much but you manage to treat him politely, greeting him and behaving in a socially acceptable way, this is an example of civility.
civility definition by Webster's New World
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civility definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. ci·vil·i·ties
- Courteous behavior; politeness.
- A courteous act or utterance.