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civilly

[siv-uh-lee] /ˈsɪv ə li/
adverb
1.
politely; courteously.
2.
in accordance with civil law.
Origin of civilly
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English. See civil, -ly
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  • She greeted me civilly and pressed the Doctor's hand warmly.

  • "No, Mr. Graham's not in at present," Duncan told him civilly.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • "We are all religious in our several ways," said Casanova civilly.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • "There's no flies to be had at this time of night, miss," he said, civilly enough.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • The Ogre received him as civilly as an Ogre could do, and made him sit down.

  • “Howdy,” he civilly replied to a friendly greeting from Mr. Howell.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks
  • As it is, I think I will remove my patronage to a firm which will treat me civilly.

    Love Among the Chickens P. G. Wodehouse
  • If he had civilly asked me to black his boots, I would have done it.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • He had spoken quite as civilly to Mr. Davoren half an hour before.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
Word Origin and History for civilly
adv.

1550s, "with reference to citizenship or civil matters," also "in a well-bred manner;" from civil + -ly (2).

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