1. having an advanced or humane culture, society, etc.
  2. polite; well-bred; refined.
  3. of or relating to civilized people: The civilized world must fight ignorance.
  4. easy to manage or control; well organized or ordered: The car is quiet and civilized, even in sharp turns.

Origin of civilized

First recorded in 1605–15; civilize + -ed2
Related formsciv·i·liz·ed·ness [siv-uh-lahy-zid-nis, -lahyzd] /ˈsɪv əˌlaɪ zɪd nɪs, -ˌlaɪzd/, nounhalf-civ·il·ized, adjectivehy·per·civ·i·lized, adjectivenon·civ·i·lized, adjectivesub·civ·i·lized, adjectivesu·per·civ·i·lized, adjectiveul·tra·civ·i·lized, adjectivewell-civ·i·lized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for civilizedness



  1. having a high state of culture and social development
  2. cultured; politea civilized discussion
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Word Origin and History for civilizedness



1610s, past participle adjective from civilize.

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