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civil

civ·il

civil

 
 
pronunciation:
sI vl
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or concerning citizens or the general population.
It is against one's civil rights to be barred from voting.Serving on a jury is a civil duty.In a civil war, citizens of the same country take sides and fight against each other.
synonyms:
civic, civilian
similar words:
communal, municipal, public
definition 2: of or concerning the daily activities of citizens as distinguished from those of the church or the military.
My parents were married in a civil ceremony at the courthouse.
synonyms:
civic, civilian
antonyms:
military, religious
similar words:
lay, nonmilitary, public, secular
definition 3: observing socially acceptable standards of politeness and courtesy.
She was furious, but she behaved in a civil manner towards her unwelcome guest.
synonyms:
courteous, polite, well-mannered
antonyms:
audacious, rude, uncivil
similar words:
civilized, cordial, decorous, deferential, genteel, gracious, proper, respectful
definition 4: of or with respect to social order; civilized.
a civil society
synonyms:
civilized, orderly
similar words:
cultivated, cultured
derivation: civilly (adv.)
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Word Parts
The word civil contains the following parts:
civ Latin root that means citizen
-ile, -il Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being or undergoing; pertaining to