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adjective civil pronunciation in British English /ˈsɪv(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    polite, especially in a formal way and without being friendly
    He could barely bring himself to be civil to them.
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  2. 2
    [usually before noun] relating to private legal disagreements between people, not criminal law
    I intend to bring an action in the civil courts.
    He will begin civil proceedings this week.
  3. 3
    [only before noun] relating to the people of a country, especially when they are protesting or fighting about something
    Reports of civil unrest continue to come in from the northern provinces.
  4. 4
    [only before noun] relating to or done by the state, instead of by religious authorities
    We were married in a simple civil ceremony.
  5. 5
    [usually before noun] relating to or involving ordinary people, not the armed forces
    the development of nuclear power for military and civil use
    civil aviation

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