Definitions for Civil
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Civil.
applying to ordinary citizens as contrasted with the military
not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others
"even if he didn't like them he should have been civil"- W.S. Maugham
of or occurring within the state or between or among citizens of the state
"civil affairs"; "civil strife"; "civil disobedience"; "civil branches of government"
of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals
"civil rights"; "civil liberty"; "civic duties"; "civic pride"
(of divisions of time) legally recognized in ordinary affairs of life
"the civil calendar"; "a civil day begins at mean midnight"
of or in a condition of social order
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.
Behaving in a reasonable or polite manner.
It was very civil of him to stop the argument.
Etymology: From civilis, from civis.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: civilis, Latin.
God gave them laws of civil regimen, and would not permit their commonweal to be governed by any other laws than his own. Richard Hooker, b. iii. s. 11.
Part such as appertain
To civil justice; part, religious rites
Of sacrifice. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xii. l. 231.
But there is another unity, which would be most advantageous to our country; and that is your endeavour after a civil, a political union in the whole nation. Thomas Sprat, Sermon.
Break not your promise, unless it be unlawful or impossible; either out of your natural, or out of your civil power. Taylor.
For rudest minds with harmony were caught,
And civil life was by the muses taught. Wentworth Dillon.
From a civil war, God of his mercy defend us, as that which is most desperate of all others. Francis Bacon, to Villers.
England was very rude and barbarous; for it is but even the other day since England grew civil. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.
I heard a mermaid, on a dolphin’s back,
Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,
That the rude sea grew civil at her song. William Shakespeare.
He was civil and well natured, never refusing to teach another. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.
And fall these sayings from that gentle tongue,
Where civil speech and soft persuasion hung. Matthew Prior.
Thus night oft see me in thy pale career,
’Till civil suited morn appear. John Milton, Poems.
No woman had it, but a civil doctor. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Ven.
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
subject to government; reduced to order; civilized; not barbarous; -- said of the community
performing the duties of a citizen; obedient to government; -- said of an individual
having the manners of one dwelling in a city, as opposed to those of savages or rustics; polite; courteous; complaisant; affable
pertaining to civic life and affairs, in distinction from military, ecclesiastical, or official state
relating to rights and remedies sought by action or suit distinct from criminal proceedings
Etymology: [L. civilis, fr. civis citizen: cf. F. civil. See City.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
siv′il, adj. pertaining to the community: having the refinement of city-bred people: polite: commercial, not military: lay, secular, or temporal, not ecclesiastical: pertaining to the individual citizen: (law) relating to private relations amongst citizens, and such suits as arise out of these, as opposed to criminal: (theol.) naturally good, as opposed to good through regeneration.—ns. Civil′ian, a professor or student of civil law (not canon law): one engaged in civil as distinguished from military and other pursuits; Civ′ilist, one versed in civil law; Civil′ity, good-breeding: politeness.—adv. Civ′illy.—adj. Civ′il-suit′ed (Milton), sombrely clad.—n. Civ′ism, good citizenship, state of being well-affected to the government.—Civil death, the loss of all civil and legal but not natural privileges, as by outlawry: Civil engineer, one who plans rail-ways, docks, &c., as opposed to a military engineer, or to a mechanical engineer, who makes machines, &c.; Civil law, as opposed to criminal law: the law laid down by a state regarding the rights of the inhabitants; Civil list, now the expenses of the sovereign's household only; Civil list pensions, those granted by royal favour; Civil service, the paid service of the state, in so far as it is not military or naval; Civil war, a war between citizens of the same state. [L. civīlis—civis.]
Relating to citizens.
The civil rights were create easily and efficiently in partnership with local unity government members.
Submitted by MaryC on March 31, 2020
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Rank popularity for the word 'Civil' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1152
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Rank popularity for the word 'Civil' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2255
Rank popularity for the word 'Civil' in Adjectives Frequency: #144
The numerical value of Civil in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of Civil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
I hope we can get this done. The honest-to-God answer is I don’t know. … I hope we can get this done, but I’m not sure. One thing for certain, like every other major civil rights bill that came along. We miss the first time, we can come back and try a second time.
The city of civil rights is the city of injustice right now, when it comes to these cases.
I used to think that the Civil War was our country's greatest tragedy, but I do remember that there were some redeeming features in the Civil War in that there was some spirit of sacrifice and heroism displayed on both sides. I see no redeeming features in Watergate.
President Obama has made a very strong and forceful and simple decision entirely in keeping with his originally stated policy that we must defeat and destroy Daesh, it is not a decision to enter into Syria's civil war. It is not an action focused on (Syrian President Bashar) Assad, it focused exclusively on Daesh and in augmenting our ability to rapidly attack Daesh.
There is a really deep value for them to feeling, 'Yeah, I can read this stuff and talk about it. I'm part of a civil society and can be part of a larger conversation.' Because they are told they are not civilized.
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Translations for Civil
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- вежлив, цивилен, учтив, гражданскиBulgarian
- civilCatalan, Valencian
- zivilisiert, zivil, bürgerlichGerman
- sìobhalta, catharraScottish Gaelic
- រដ្ឋប្បវេណី, ស៊ីវិល, អសេនិកៈ, រដ្ឋការKhmer
- geciviliseerd, burgerlijk, beschaafd, civielDutch
- civil, civilizadoPortuguese
- гражданский, цивилизованный, культурный, штатский, воспитанный, вежливыйRussian
- civil, civiliseradSwedish
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