What does civil mean?

Definitions for civil
ˈsɪv əlciv·il

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. civil(adj)

    applying to ordinary citizens as contrasted with the military

    "civil authorities"

  2. civil, polite(adj)

    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. civil(adj)

    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, civic(adj)

    of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals

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

  5. civil(adj)

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

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

  6. civil(adj)

    of or in a condition of social order

    "civil peoples"

Wiktionary

  1. civil(Adjective)

    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. civil(Adjective)

    Behaving in a reasonable or polite manner.

    It was very civil of him to stop the argument.

    Etymology: From civilis, from civis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Civil(adj)

    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. Civil(adj)

    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. Civil(adj)

    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. Civil(adj)

    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. Civil(adj)

    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. Civil(adj)

    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

How to pronounce civil?

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How to say civil in sign language?

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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. Mark Jessee:

    My family was never raised to be racist, as a matter of fact, my mom worked for Cesar Chavez in the late 1960s and my brother marched in Washington for civil rights in the 60s.

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    I oppose, at this point, a unilateral American no-fly zone in Syria which could get us more deeply involved in that horrible civil war and lead to a never-ending U.S. entanglement in that region, we do not want to make a very complex situation in Syria even worse. I support President Obama's effort to combat the Islamic State in Syria while at the same time supporting those in Syria trying to overthrow the brutal dictatorship of Bashar Assad.

  3. David Chavern:

    Fake news will become very much a local experience, and very much a destructive one, if we get disappointing journalism, then we lose civil society.

  4. Darius Longarino:

    The civil code is a big step, but much more will need to be fleshed out, after all, U.S. sexual-harassment law is still developing after decades and grappling with its failures, as laid bare by #MeToo.

  5. Cornell William Brooks:

    He is an extraordinary surgeon, extraordinarily passionate human being, but I disagree with the personalization of a set of policies that have been harmful, not only to African-Americans, but the country as a whole with any particular party. ... Dr. Carson stands like a giant in the operating room, but in the civil rights arena we would love to have more conservation with him about our positions.

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