Definition of civil
- civil duties
- civil strife
- civil society
- a civil question
- It was hard to be civil when I felt so angry.
- civil freedoms
- got married in a civil ceremony
- the civil calendar
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.
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: 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
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an inn where caravans rest at night
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