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civility

noun ci·vil·i·ty \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
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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
CIVILITY Defined for Kids

civility

noun ci·vil·i·ty \sə-ˈvi-lə-tē\
plural ci·vil·i·ties

Definition of CIVILITY for Kids

1
:  polite behavior <The sparrows showed no kindness or civility to one another … — Brian Jacques, Redwall>
2
:  a polite act or thing to say <He offered no civilities, not even a hello.>

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