Definition of civility
1 archaic : training in the humanities
2a : civilized conduct; especially : courtesy, politeness bemoaned the decline of civility in our politicsb : a polite act or expression lacked the little civilities and hypocrisies of political society — Roy Jenkins The men briefly exchanged civilities before the meeting began.
Examples of civility in a sentence
They greeted each other with the usual exchange of civilities.
after the usual civilities, the parents and the principal had a serious talk about the boy
Origin and Etymology of civility
First Known Use: 1533
CIVILITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of civility for English Language Learners
: polite, reasonable, and respectful behavior
civilities : polite actions and words
CIVILITY Defined for Kids
Definition of civility for Students
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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