civility

Civility is the act of showing regard for others by being polite, like the civility you showed in speaking kindly to someone who has hurt your feelings.

Civility comes from the Latin word civilis, meaning "relating to public life, befitting a citizen," in other words, being friendly and nice to everyone. When you show civility, you use kindness and good manners. You are respectful, even if you do not like that person very much. Civility can also mean formal politeness, like your behavior at a fancy dinner.

Definitions of civility
  1. noun
    the act of showing regard for others
    synonyms: politeness
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    courtesy
    a courteous or respectful or considerate act
    deference, respect
    a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
    devoir
    formal expression of respect
    attention
    a courteous act indicating affection
    gallantry
    polite attentiveness to women
    court, homage
    respectful deference
    last respects
    the act of expressing respect for someone who has died
    props
    proper respect
    type of:
    action
    something done (usually as opposed to something said)
  2. noun
    formal or perfunctory politeness
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    Antonyms:
    incivility
    deliberate discourtesy
    type of:
    courtesy, good manners
    a courteous manner
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