civility

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noun ci·vil·i·ty \sə-ˈvi-lə-tē\

Definition of civility

plural

civilities

  1. 1 archaic :  training in the humanities

  2. 2a :  civilized conduct; especially :  courtesy, politeness <bemoaned the decline of civility in our politics>b :  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

  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>

Origin and Etymology of civility

see civil


First Known Use: 1533


CIVILITY Defined for English Language Learners

civility

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noun ci·vil·i·ty \sə-ˈvi-lə-tē\

Definition of civility for English Language Learners

  • : polite, reasonable, and respectful behavior

  • civilities : polite actions and words


CIVILITY Defined for Kids

civility

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noun ci·vil·i·ty \sə-ˈvi-lə-tē\

Definition of civility for Students

plural

civilities

  1. 1 :  polite behavior <The sparrows showed no kindness or civility to one another … — Brian Jacques, Redwall>

  2. 2 :  a polite act or thing to say <He offered no civilities, not even a hello.>



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