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civil

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of civil

  1. 1 of or relating to a nation the country was not destroyed by outside enemies but by a series of civil wars Synonyms of civil national, publicWords Related to civil civic, federal, municipal; government, governmental; domestic, internal, intestine; democratic, republican; nationwideNear Antonyms of civil global, international; alien, external, foreignAntonyms of civil nonnational

  2. 2 showing consideration, courtesy, and good manners please try to be civil to your ex-husband at the upcoming family wedding Synonyms of civil polite, courteous, genteel, gracious, mannerly, well-bredWords Related to civil attentive, careful, considerate, nice, solicitous, thoughtful; chivalrous, civilized, courtly, gallant, gentlemanlike, gentlemanly, ladylike; ceremonial, ceremonious, red-carpet; couth, formal, smooth, suave, unctuous, urbane; elegant, refined; deferential, dutiful, respectful, submissive, yielding; acceptable, appropriate, becoming, befitting, comme il faut, correct, decent, decorous, fit, fitting, good, meet, proper, respectable, right, seemly, suitable; affable, cordial, friendly, genial, hospitable, pleasant, sociable; felicitous, graceful; demure, humble, meek, modest, unassertiveNear Antonyms of civil heedless, inconsiderate, thoughtless; audacious, bold, bold-faced, brash, brassy, disrespectful, impertinent, impudent, insolent, lippy, saucy, shameless; boorish, churlish, clodhopping, clownish, loutish, uncouth, vulgar; casual, informal, unceremonious; improper, inappropriate, incorrect, indecent, indecorous, uncalled-for, unrespectable, unseemly; arrogant, conceited, presuming, presumptuous, pretentiousAntonyms of civil discourteous, ill-bred, ill-mannered, impolite, inconsiderate, mannerless, rude, thoughtless, uncivil, ungenteel, ungracious, unmannered, unmannerly

Synonym Discussion of civil

civil, polite, courteous, gallant, chivalrous mean observant of the forms required by good breeding. civil often suggests little more than the avoidance of overt rudeness.
    • owed the questioner a civil reply
polite commonly implies polish of speech and manners and sometimes suggests an absence of cordiality.
    • if you can't be pleasant, at least be polite
courteous implies more actively considerate or dignified politeness.
    • clerks who were unfailingly courteous to customers
gallant and chivalrous imply courteous attentiveness especially to women. gallant suggests spirited and dashing behavior and ornate expressions of courtesy.
    • a gallant suitor of the old school
chivalrous suggests high-minded and self-sacrificing behavior.
    • a chivalrous display of duty


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