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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.
From Old French civil, from Latin cīvīlis (“relating to a citizen”), from cīvis (“citizen”).
Middle English from Latin cīvīlis from cīvis citizen civic
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
The last civil war set us back fifty years.
Alex was civil to Señor Medena, if not friendly.
Someone told me that it was built by Union soldiers hiding from the rebels during the Civil War.
In other words, civil government steps in to take over roles traditionally provided by private charity only when charities no longer provide the service.
There were likely some nasty security features on the other side of the Mississippi left over from the East-West Civil War.
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