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.

  2. civil(Adjective)

    Behaving in a reasonable or polite manner.

    It was very civil of him to stop the argument.

  3. Origin: 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

  2. Civil(adj)

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

  3. Civil(adj)

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

  4. Civil(adj)

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

  5. Civil(adj)

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

  6. Civil(adj)

    relating to rights and remedies sought by action or suit distinct from criminal proceedings

  7. Origin: [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.]

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. Alessandro Margiotta:

    We want to say' No' to... civil unions.

  2. Donald Trump:

    I cannot believe how civil it's been up here.

  3. Lucy McBath:

    This is our modern day civil rights movement.

  4. Lucan:

    Deep-seated are the wounds dealt in civil brawls.

  5. Marek Jezowski:

    It was clearly a defiant, but civil demonstration.

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