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Definitions for civility
sɪˈvɪl ɪ tici·vil·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. civilitynoun

    formal or perfunctory politeness

  2. politeness, civilitynoun

    the act of showing regard for others


  1. civilitynoun

    Politeness; an individual act or a manner of behaving which conforms to social conventions of propriety.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Civilitynoun

    Etymology: from civil.

    The English were at first as stout and warlike a people as ever the Irish; and yet are now brought unto that civility, that no nation in the world excelleth them in all goodly conversation, and all the studies of knowledge and humanity. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    Divers great monarchies have risen from barbarism to civility, and fallen again to ruin. John Davies, on Ireland.

    Wheresoe’er her conquering eagles fled,
    Arts, learning, and civility were spread. John Denham, Poems.

    Art thou thus bolden’d, man, by thy distress;
    Or else a rude despiser of good manners,
    That in civility thou seem’st so empty? William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    He, by his great civility and affability, wrought very much upon the people. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    I should be kept from a publication, did not what your civility calls a request, your greatness, command. South.

    We, in point of civility, yield to others in our own houses. Jonathan Swift.

    Love taught him shame; and shame, with love at strife,
    Soon taught the sweet civilities of life. John Dryden, Cym. and Iphig.


  1. Civility

    Civility comes from the word civis, which in Latin means "citizen". Merriam Webster defines civility as civilized conduct (especially: courtesy or politeness) or a polite act or expression. Historically, civility also meant training in the humanities.


  1. civility

    Civility refers to polite, reasonable, and respectful behavior or attitude towards others. It often includes showing consideration, kindness, good manners, courteousness, and adhering to the social norms and rules of a society.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of civility in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of civility in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of civility in a Sentence

  1. James Meredith:

    I am thankful for the strong, united response of our university community to the desecration of the James Meredith statue last year, confirming our university values of civility and respect. what it is saying is that the only possible justice for a black in the state of Mississippi is the federal government and if there's anything that we don't need it's that being our only means of expecting justice.

  2. Chuck Schumer:

    Mitch McConnell embodied the characteristics Nancy Pelosi admire in a president : integrity, civility, dignity, humility.

  3. Georges Benjamin:

    We're literally seeing it in front of our eyes -- at school board meetings and public events, people seem to have lost all civility, and then you couple that with having to stay home, and being stressed from that, losing your job, losing resources, fear for your health, more guns.

  4. Mitch Abrams:

    People assume sports are safe, but there is an ugly underbelly we need to be mindful of, sports are a microcosm of our society, and until our society becomes more civil there is no reason to expect to see more civility in sports.

  5. Fred Upton:

    If we're going to bring civility back to the center of our politics, we must speak out against inflammatory rhetoric from anyone in any party anytime it happens. America embraces diversity, and that must continue.

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