Definitions of civil

  1. of or occurring within the state or between or among citizens of the state; " civil affairs"; " civil strife"; " civil disobediece"; " civil branches of government"
  2. of or in a condition of social order; " civil peoples"
  3. 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
  4. applying to ordinary citizens; " civil law"; " civil authorities"
  5. 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.
  6. Having the manners of one dwelling in a city, as opposed to those of savages or rustics; polite; courteous; complaisant; affable.
  7. Pertaining to civic life and affairs, in distinction from military, ecclesiastical, or official state.
  8. Relating to rights and remedies sought by action or suit distinct from criminal proceedings.
  9. Noncriminal. See civil case.
  10. Subject to government; reduced to order; civilized; not barbarous; - said of the community.
  11. Performing the duties of a citizen; obedient to government; - said of an individual.
  12. Civilly.
  13. Pertaining to the community: having the refinement of city bred people: polite: commercial, not military: lay, not ecclesiastical.
  14. Pertaining to a city or citizens; polite; intestine.
  15. Formally polite.
  16. Of or pertaining to a citizen.
  17. Occurring between citizens of the same country, as a war.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.

Usage examples for civil

  1. 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
  2. As it was, they were very civil. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  3. Diana, keeping a grip on laughter, said something civil. – The Testing of Diana Mallory by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  4. Why, if I'm loud, I'm civil. – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  5. The war arrested it, as it arrested every movement of the day in civil life. – Another Sheaf by John Galsworthy
  6. " 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
  7. He subsequently filled several civil stations. – Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution by L. Carroll Judson
  8. They were all most civil to me. – Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863 by Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle
  9. Write a civil note, and say we will come to their party. – A Little Dinner at Timmins's by William Makepeace Thackeray
  10. United States, in War of 1812; in Civil War; in World War. – A History of Sea Power by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
  11. " Thee art mighty civil in thy new clothes. – John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  12. For the sake of the dead she will at least be civil. – Prisoners of Conscience by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  13. Yes for the Civil Service. – The Crown of Life by George Gissing
  14. Thus Rome developed a genius for civil organization. – The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible by R. Heber Newton
  15. 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
  16. I never saw him speak civil word to woman, but to her. – The Saint's Tragedy by Charles Kingsley
  17. We are civil enough, and pull very well together. – Old Kensington by Miss Thackeray
  18. And you expect me to be civil to him! – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  19. As for Civil he married Faith Feignless, and became a great lord. – Granny's Wonderful Chair by Frances Browne
  20. 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