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civilly

[siv-uh-lee]
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  1. politely; courteously.
  2. in accordance with civil law.

Origin of civilly

1400–50; late Middle English. See civil, -ly
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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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