civility


ci·vil·i·ty

noun \sə-ˈvi-lə-tē\

: polite, reasonable, and respectful behavior

civilities : polite actions and words

plural ci·vil·i·ties

Full Definition of CIVILITY

1
archaic :  training in the humanities
2
a :  civilized conduct; especially :  courtesy, politeness
b :  a polite act or expression

Examples of CIVILITY

  1. They greeted each other with the usual exchange of civilities.
  2. <after the usual civilities, the parents and the principal had a serious talk about the boy>

First Known Use of CIVILITY

1533

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