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
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n the act of showing regard for others

Synonyms:
politeness
Types:
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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)

n formal or perfunctory politeness

Antonyms:
incivility
deliberate discourtesy
Type of:
courtesy, good manners
a courteous manner

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