What does civil mean?

Definitions for civil
ˈsɪv əlciv·il

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word civil.

Wiktionary

  1. civiladjective

    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.

    Etymology: From civilis, from civis.

  2. civiladjective

    Behaving in a reasonable or polite manner.

    It was very civil of him to stop the argument.

    Etymology: From civilis, from civis.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. civiladjective

    applying to ordinary citizens as contrasted with the military

    "civil authorities"

  2. civil, politeadjective

    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

  3. civiladjective

    of or occurring within the state or between or among citizens of the state

    "civil affairs"; "civil strife"; "civil disobedience"; "civil branches of government"

  4. civil, civicadjective

    of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals

    "civil rights"; "civil liberty"; "civic duties"; "civic pride"

  5. civiladjective

    (of divisions of time) legally recognized in ordinary affairs of life

    "the civil calendar"; "a civil day begins at mean midnight"

  6. civiladjective

    of or in a condition of social order

    "civil peoples"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Civiladjective

    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

    Etymology: [L. civilis, fr. civis citizen: cf. F. civil. See City.]

  2. Civiladjective

    subject to government; reduced to order; civilized; not barbarous; -- said of the community

    Etymology: [L. civilis, fr. civis citizen: cf. F. civil. See City.]

  3. Civiladjective

    performing the duties of a citizen; obedient to government; -- said of an individual

    Etymology: [L. civilis, fr. civis citizen: cf. F. civil. See City.]

  4. Civiladjective

    having the manners of one dwelling in a city, as opposed to those of savages or rustics; polite; courteous; complaisant; affable

    Etymology: [L. civilis, fr. civis citizen: cf. F. civil. See City.]

  5. Civiladjective

    pertaining to civic life and affairs, in distinction from military, ecclesiastical, or official state

    Etymology: [L. civilis, fr. civis citizen: cf. F. civil. See City.]

  6. Civiladjective

    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

  1. Civil

    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. civīliscivis.]

Editors Contribution

  1. civil

    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  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'civil' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1152

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'civil' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2255

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'civil' in Adjectives Frequency: #144

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of civil in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of civil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of civil in a Sentence

  1. Paul Ryan:

    I think the President's instincts are similar to mine. I think he is not anxious to have the regime change, he's not anxious to be involved in every civil war. I think he's gone a different route on this particular instance, but I think his overall persona and his overall beliefs about the Middle East are that being involved in every civil war is not a great idea.

  2. Jerri Ann Henry:

    Log Cabin was once a civil rights organization with conservative principles, that's why I joined on. Now it's mostly about happy hours.

  3. Bob Menendez:

    After 20 years of blood and national treasure, the question is still in my mind, how do we ultimately ensure the Taliban can not run over the Afghan government and potentially create it as a place for terrorist attacks to take place ? How do we preserve the rights of Afghan women in civil society that have been achieved ?

  4. Selahattin Demirtas:

    The prime minister and president are nowhere to be seen. You would think they are waiting to allow the country to slip into civil war so that they can say, 'Look at how valuable the AKP is,'.

  5. Anthony Scaramucci:

    We need more civility and less civil war; more discourse and less coarseness.

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