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civil

[ siv-uhl ]
/ ˈsɪv əl /
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adjective
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Origin of civil

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin cīvīlis, equivalent to cīv(is) citizen + -īlis-il

synonym study for civil

7, 8. Civil, affable, courteous, polite all imply avoidance of rudeness toward others. Civil suggests a minimum of observance of social requirements. Affable suggests ease of approach and friendliness. Courteous implies positive, dignified, sincere, and thoughtful consideration for others. Polite implies habitual courtesy, arising from a consciousness of one's training and the demands of good manners.

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How to use civil in a sentence

  • And even the Finn fisher has occasionally some rudiments of civilness and hospitality.

    Through Arctic Lapland|Cutcliffe Hyne

British Dictionary definitions for civil

civil
/ (ˈsɪvəl) /

adjective

Derived forms of civil

civilly, adverbcivilness, noun

Word Origin for civil

C14: from Old French, from Latin cīvīlis, from cīvis citizen
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