Definitions of civil

  1.   ( of divisions of time) legally recognized in ordinary affairs of life; " the civil calendar"; " a civil day begins at mean midnight"
  2.   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.
  3.   applying to ordinary citizens; " civil law"; " civil authorities"
  4.   Noncriminal. See civil case.
  5.   Relating to rights and remedies sought by action or suit distinct from criminal proceedings.
  6.   Occurring between citizens of the same country, as a war.
  7.   Relating to the ordinary affairs and government of the people of any country, as civil rights and privileges, & c.; political as opposed to criminal; intestine as opposed to foreign; lay as distinguished from ecclesiastical; ordinary life as distinguished from military; courteous; gentle and obliging; affable; kind; polite.
  8.   Formally polite.
  9.   of or occurring within the state or between or among citizens of the state; " civil affairs"; " civil strife"; " civil disobediece"; " civil branches of government"
  10.   Pertaining to civic life and affairs, in distinction from military, ecclesiastical, or official state.
  11.   Pertaining to the affairs of a city or government; taking place in, or pertaining to, affairs within a nation; as, civil war; of or pertaining to citizens; not military or ecclesiastical; polite; often, barely polite.
  12.   Performing the duties of a citizen; obedient to government; - said of an individual.
  13.   Of or pertaining to a citizen.
  14.   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
  15.   Civilly.
  16.   Pertaining to a city or citizens; polite; intestine.
  17.   Subject to government; reduced to order; civilized; not barbarous; - said of the community.
  18.   of or in a condition of social order; " civil peoples"
  19.   Pertaining to the community: having the refinement of city bred people: polite: commercial, not military: lay, not ecclesiastical.
  20.   Having the manners of one dwelling in a city, as opposed to those of savages or rustics; polite; courteous; complaisant; affable.
  21.   Relating to a community or people, as citizens and subjects of a state; political, as opposed to criminal; lay, as opposed to ecclesiastical; intestine, as opposed to foreign; municipal, commercial, legislative, & c., as opposed to military; well regulated, opposed to rude and barbarous; civilized; polite; courteous. Civil architecture, the science of constructing buildings for the purposes of civil life. Civil death, that which cuts off a man from civil society, or its privileges, as banishment, outlawry, entering into a monastery, & c. Civil law, the law of a state or country, specially Roman law. Civil list, the officers of the civil government; the yearly sum granted for the support of the reigning monarch's household and the dignity of the crown. Civil state, the whole body of the citizens, as distinct from the military, maritime, and ecclesiastical bodies. Civil service, the paid service done to the state, exclusive of that of the army and navy. Civil suit, an action between citizen and citizen, as opposed to a criminal process, which is between the sovereign or state and a citizen. Civil war, a war between people of the same state or community. Civil year, the legal year as distinguished from the exact solar year.

Quotes of civil

  1. We support President Truman's civil rights program. – Eugenie Anderson
  2. But my point is these Civil War songs were gruesome. The hatred that's so bad in this country today, and for the past 10 or 15 years, bad as it is, is nothing compared to the kind of things people would write down and sing back in the Civil War. – T-Bone Burnett
  3. The only compensation, gained through the influence of nongovernmental organizations, consisted in slightly broadening for private individuals the possibility of access and appeal to the agencies enforcing the Covenant concerned with civil and political rights. – Rene Cassin
  4. The liberals in the House strongly resemble liberals I have known through the last two decades in the civil rights conflict. When it comes time to show on which side they will be counted, they excuse themselves. – Shirley Chisholm
  5. I don't feel the need to direct. I tried to get other people to direct Dances, but they wouldn't do it. They all thought it was too long. One director wanted to cut the Civil War sequence. Another thought the white woman was very cliched. – Kevin Costner
  6. It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death. – Elijah Cummings
  7. The civil rights movement in the United States was about the same thing, about equality of treatment for all sections of the people, and that is precisely what our movement was about. – John Hume
  8. I believe that successfully addressing our national security needs while protecting our basic freedoms and civil liberties requires continual Congressional oversight, and I will continue to work to assert the role of this body in carrying out this grave responsibility. – Patrick J. Kennedy
  9. The only lesson to extract from any civil war is that it's pointless and futile and ugly, and that there is nothing glamorous or heroic about it. There are heroes, but the causes are never heroic. – Anthony Minghella
  10. Our government just won't enforce civil rights laws. The laws will be ignored. – Major R. Owens
  11. My father, who had previously been a civil engineer, died in the great influenza epidemic of 1918. – James Rainwater
  12. A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess. – A. Philip Randolph
  13. I think the Civil Rights Movement changed that trajectory for me. The first thing I did was leave school. I was suspended for my participation in Movement demonstrations in my hometown, December, 1961. – Bernice Johnson Reagon
  14. We will not let terrorists change our way of life; we will not live in fear; and we will not undermine the civil liberties that characterize our Democracy. – Adam Schiff
  15. Civil libertarians have raised concerns that some of the Patriot Act's provisions infringe on Constitutional rights. Those concerns are not supported by the facts. – Roger Wicker

Usage examples for civil

  1. He replied promptly, though in a more civil tone: " If you do not wish to state your business to me, sir, you'll have to wait until-" " No, I won't have to wait until," put in Blake. ” – Out of the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  2. Yes for the Civil Service. ” – The Crown of Life by George Gissing
  3. As for Civil he married Faith Feignless, and became a great lord. ” – Granny's Wonderful Chair by Frances Browne
  4. She understood well enough that Mr. Fenwick had not come over from Bullhampton to shake hands with her husband, and to say a few civil words. ” – The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
  5. We are civil enough, and pull very well together. ” – Old Kensington by Miss Thackeray
  6. He subsequently filled several civil stations. ” – Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution by L. Carroll Judson
  7. “ For the sake of the dead she will at least be civil – Prisoners of Conscience by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  8. Thus Rome developed a genius for civil organization. ” – The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible by R. Heber Newton
  9. Write a civil note, and say we will come to their party. ” – A Little Dinner at Timmins's by William Makepeace Thackeray
  10. “ " No, no, Monsieur le Capitaine, I am the head of the civil government in this town; I take no orders except from the head of the military authority. ” – Leaves from a Field Note-Book by J. H. Morgan
  11. United States, in War of 1812; in Civil War; in World War. ” – A History of Sea Power by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
  12. They were all most civil to me. ” – Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863 by Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle
  13. The war arrested it, as it arrested every movement of the day in civil life. ” – Another Sheaf by John Galsworthy
  14. As it was, they were very civil – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  15. And you expect me to be civil to him! ” – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  16. Why, if I'm loud, I'm civil – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  17. “ I never saw him speak civil word to woman, but to her. ” – The Saint's Tragedy by Charles Kingsley
  18. Diana, keeping a grip on laughter, said something civil – The Testing of Diana Mallory by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  19. “ Mr. Evarts: It is the rule in civil cases. ” – Trial of the Officers and Crew of the Privateer Savannah, on the Charge of Piracy, in the United States Circuit Court for the Southern District of New York by A. F. Warburton
  20. “ " Thee art mighty civil in thy new clothes. ” – John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

Idioms for civil