[ UK /sˈɪvə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˈsɪvəɫ/ ]
  1. 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
  2. applying to ordinary citizens as contrasted with the military
    civil authorities
  3. of or in a condition of social order
    civil peoples
  4. (of divisions of time) legally recognized in ordinary affairs of life
    the civil calendar
    a civil day begins at mean midnight
  5. of or occurring within the state or between or among citizens of the state
    civil disobedience
    civil strife
    civil branches of government
    civil affairs
  6. of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals
    civic pride
    civic duties
    civil liberty
    civil rights
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How To Use civil In A Sentence

  • It's all a lot of fuss and nonsense got up by some pesky civil rights activists, some of whom you can find here at Stand.
  • In 2007, a jury let the Fairford Two off after they had broken into an RAF airbase to ground B-52 planes and prevent, they hoped, potential war crimes against Iraqi civilians.
  • Chartists at once organized resistance to what they called the usurpation and, after a long civil war, were successful. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss
  • The constable was on leave and wearing civilian clothes.
  • This is due to the then nonexistent mobilization of what is called today the "civil society."
  • So the lands of the dismembered Yugoslav state became not only the scene of Europe's greatest resistance struggle, but also one of its bloodiest civil wars.
  • Yes, there were aberrations like the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War, but mostly it was a period of peace.
  • Missed departure Strike, riot or civil commotion in respect of which a warning has been given prior to the date this insurance is purchased.
  • Guardian International correspondent Jonathan Steele called Bush's and Blair's denial of the horrors attending the Iraq civil war "Panglossian" - referring to the ever optimistic Dr. Pangloss of Voltaire's novel Candide who, at every disaster, proclaims that ours is the best of all possible worlds. Surge to Purge: The 80% Solution in Iraq
  • The rebels were responsible for the mass murder of 400 civilians.
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