[ 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

Words Nearby civilly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use civilly in a sentence

  • It would be nice if all this could just be negotiated civilly at a conference table, but often it can't be.

    And You Thought It Was Basketball | Michael Tomasky | April 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • A distinguished-looking man, evidently vested with authority, bustled forward and addressed him, civilly enough.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • A car conductor is instructed to treat passengers civilly and to use no harsh means with them, save in extreme cases.

  • Thus far the wayfarers encountered during his journey had treated him civilly.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • He walked away, taking leave of the man as civilly as though he had been a respectable member of society.

    Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • She enquired civilly and even quietly into your situation, and approved the sentiments which naturally fell from me.