Civil definitions

sĭv'əl
Of, relating to, or befitting a citizen or citizens.

Civil duties.

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Of or relating to citizens and their interrelations with one another or with the state.

Government agencies concerned with civil affairs.

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Of ordinary citizens or ordinary community life as distinguished from the military or the ecclesiastical.

Married in a civil ceremony at city hall.

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Sufficiently observing or befitting accepted social usages; polite.

A civil reply.

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Being in accordance with or denoting legally recognized divisions of time.

A civil year.

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Relating to the rights of private individuals and legal proceedings concerning these rights as distinguished from criminal, military, or international regulations or proceedings.
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Of a citizen or citizens.

Civil rights.

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Of a community of citizens, their government, or their interrelations.

Civil service, civil war.

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Polite or courteous, esp. in a merely formal way.
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Of citizens in procedures or matters that are not military or religious.

Civil marriage.

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Designating legally recognized divisions of time.

A civil year.

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Of or pertaining to all matters concerning the law except for matters arising under criminal law and military law. See also civil law.
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Secular.
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Of or pertaining to the duties, rights, and status of citizens and other residents of a country or state. See also civil disobedience and civil right.
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The definition of civil refers to something related to citizens or showing good manners and being polite.

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.

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Of or according to Roman civil law or modern civil law.
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Relating to the private rights of individuals and to legal actions involving these.
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(not comparable) 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.

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(comparable) Behaving in a reasonable or polite manner.

It was very civil of him to stop the argument.

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Origin of civil

From Old French civil, from Latin cīvīlis (“relating to a citizen”), from cīvis (“citizen”).