Simple Definition of civil
: of or relating to the people who live in a country
: of or relating to the regular business of the people in a city, town, state, etc. : not connected to the military or to a religion
: polite but not friendly : only as polite as a person needs to be in order to not be rude
Full Definition of civil
1 a : of or relating to citizens b : of or relating to the state or its citizenry <civil strife>
3 a : of, relating to, or based on civil law b : relating to private rights and to remedies sought by action or suit distinct from criminal proceedings c : established by law
4 : of, relating to, or involving the general public, their activities, needs, or ways, or civic affairs as distinguished from special (as military or religious) affairs
5 of time : based on the mean sun and legally recognized for use in ordinary affairs
Examples of civil
They got married in a civil ceremony at city hall.
It was hard to be civil when I felt so angry.
She was barely civil to me.
Origin of civil
Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin civilis, from civis
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of civil
CIVIL Defined for Kids
Definition of civil
1 : of or relating to citizens <civil rights>
2 : of or relating to matters within a country
3 : of or relating to the regular business of citizens or government that is not connected to the military or a religion
4 : polite without being friendly <Those men, they used to be best friends. Now they can't be civil with each other. — Karen Hesse, Out of the Dust>
5 : relating to laws about private rights rather than criminal laws <She brought a civil lawsuit against the maker of the defective car.>
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