You fear that when “civilizational” is being used as an adjective, the noun is, as they like to say at Commentary, in grave peril.
Remember the days of post-9/11 civilizational war, of weltkampf between Islam and Christendom?
civilizational progress is here on a line with biological progress.
So they are in language and apparently in civilizational development.
From these facts it might almost appear that brain size and civilizational development are in inverse ratio.
The separation from the civilizational influences of Asia amounts to absolute isolation.
It proves that the most important differences now separating the great races of men are civilizational, not physiological.
From the Australians they differ but slightly in mental capacity, and civilizational development.
The psychic unity of the Orient is a civilizational, a social unity, as is also the psychic unity of the Occident.
1704, "law which makes a criminal process civil," from civilize + -ation. Sense of "civilized condition" first recorded 1772, probably from French civilisation, to be an opposite to barbarity and a distinct word from civility. Sense of a particular human society in a civilized condition, considered as a whole over time, is from 1857. Related: Civilizational.