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. 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"

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.

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. Dana Nessel:

    The individuals in( state) custody are suspected to have attempted to identify the home addresses of law enforcement officers in order to target them, made threats of violence intended to instigate a civil war, and engaged in planning and training for an operation to attack the capitol building of Michigan and to kidnap government officials, including the governor of Michigan.

  2. Kevin Brady:

    Civil liberties and privacy still matters in America. No party in any Congress should have the authority to rummage around in your tax returns purely for political reasons and if they can do that to The President, what stops them from doing that to any political enemy.

  3. Bryan Hughes:

    Based on what we read in court opinions from other abortion cases, and other federal cases, we believe The Texas bill -- because of the private civil enforcement, primarily, and a few other things -- is drafted differently than those other heartbeat bills that are pending, that are awaiting court ruling today.

  4. Zeana Zamora:

    Our very existence is a risk. The fact that we exist as an organization puts us at risk( of civil lawsuits).

  5. Symone Sanders:

    It's not just about, I fought for civil rights and I protested and I sat at the lunch counters, that is important and that is great, but that was 50 years ago. And he has a lot more to stand on than what he did 50 years ago.

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