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Civil meaning

civil - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. Pertaining to a city or state, or to a citizen in his relations to his fellow citizens or to the state; within the city or state.
  2. 2. Having the manners of one dwelling in a city, as opposed to those of savages or rustics; polite; courteous; complaisant; affable.
  3. 3. Pertaining to civic life and affairs, in distinction from military, ecclesiastical, or official state.
  4. 4. Relating to rights and remedies sought by action or suit distinct from criminal proceedings.
  5. 5. Noncriminal. See civil case.
  6. 6. Subject to government; reduced to order; civilized; not barbarous; - said of the community.
  7. 7. Performing the duties of a citizen; obedient to government; - said of an individual.
  8. 8. Pertaining to a city or citizens; polite; intestine.

civil - examples of usage

  1. Everybody I met on the way was civil enough, but these may be a different kind of fellows." - "Ahead of the Army", W. O. Stoddard.
  2. Often his officers asked him what he was in civil life. - "The Rough Road", William John Locke.
  3. Fifty women that you meet in the course of a week are as pretty- possibly of more worth- probably more civil. - "To-morrow?", Victoria Cross.
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