Definitions of civil

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