civil - definition and synonyms


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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