Definition of civil
1a : of or relating to citizens civil dutiesb : of or relating to the state or its citizenry civil strife
3a : of, relating to, or based on civil lawb : relating to private rights and to remedies sought by action or suit distinct from criminal proceedingsc : established by law civil freedoms
4 : of, relating to, or involving the general public, their activities, needs, or ways, or civic affairs as distinguished from special (such as military or religious) affairs got married in a civil ceremony
5 of time : based on the mean sun and legally recognized for use in ordinary affairs the civil calendar
Examples of civil in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of civil from the Web
Many black South Africans whose ancestors lost their land and civil rights under colonial rule continue to feel the effects of its legacy.
The Rev. Tyrone Crider, a prominent civil rights activist who helped register voters for both Harold Washington and the Rev. Jesse Jackson in the 1980s, and went on to lead Operation PUSH in the early 1990s, died May 26 after a long illness.
Speaking at a press conference Friday, Griffin said she has been advised by her lawyer, civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom, not to leave her apartment due to threats over the graphic images by photographer Tyler Shields.
And this week, Republican Congressman Scott Taylor of Virginia agreed to co-sponsor the federal Equality Act, which would give that community civil rights protections.
The world wars, the Irish famine, the Vietnam War, the civil-rights movement, the attacks on 9/11, the Holocaust, and even the Civil War itself have inspired brilliant works of public art.
During the last months of the civil war that ended eight years ago, Maj.
Katherine Badskey recently graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering with an emphasis on environmental engineering and hydrology.
Yet, as a candidate whose nascent political career was spurred by a civil rights trip and who is the only black candidate in the field, Mr. Johnson had to overcome an initial reluctance to delve too deeply into his personal journey.
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Synonym Discussion of civil
CIVIL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of civil for English Language Learners
: 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
CIVIL Defined for Kids
Definition of civil for Students
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.
civillyadverb You must treat the other team civilly, at least.
Legal Definition of civil
1 : concerning, befitting, or applying to individual citizens or to citizens as a whole a civil duty — see also civil right
2 : marked by public order : peaceable in behavior
3 : of or relating to a legal system based on Roman law as opposed to the English common law
4 : relating to private rights and to judicial proceedings in connection with them; especially : relating to legal matters other than those characterized as criminal a civil action a civil infraction
5 : defined by law : legal a civil disability
6 : of, relating to, or involving the general public, their activities, needs, ways, or civic affairs as distinguished from special (as military or religious) affairs the civil authorities the civil service
Origin and Etymology of civil
Latin civilis, from civis citizen
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