civil

Civil has several meanings. The simplest is cultured and polite, as in someone who is civilized. Civil can also describe things related to a community of people and their government, or a civilization.

If you work for the post office, you're a civil servant. The Civil Rights movement focused on the notion that all American citizens were entitled to the same basic civil liberties. Rather than getting hysterical, someone getting divorced should follow their lawyer's advice and be civil toward their spouse when they face each other in civil court over the matter of who would get the banana plantation.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: civil

1
adj
of or occurring within the state or between or among citizens of the state
2
adj
applying to ordinary citizens as contrasted with the military
3
adj
(of divisions of time) legally recognized in ordinary affairs of life
4
adj
not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: civil
1

adj of or occurring within the state or between or among citizens of the state

civil affairs”
civil strife”
civil disobedience”
civil branches of government”

adj of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals

civil rights”
civil liberty”
Synonyms:
civic
2

adj applying to ordinary citizens as contrasted with the military

civil authorities”
Synonyms
civilian
associated with civil life or performed by persons who are not active members of the military
3

adj (of divisions of time) legally recognized in ordinary affairs of life

“the civil calendar”
“a civil day begins at mean midnight”
Antonyms:
sidereal
(of divisions of time) determined by daily motion of the stars
4

adj not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others

“"even if he didn't like them he should have been civil"- W.S. Maugham”
Synonyms:
polite
Antonyms:
rude, uncivil
lacking civility or good manners

adj of or in a condition of social order

civil peoples”
Synonyms
civilised, civilized
having a high state of culture and development both social and technological
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