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civility courteous behavior; politeness. [2 definitions]
civilization an advanced state of development of a society as judged by such things as having a complex system of government and laws, use of a written language, and the keeping of written records. [6 definitions]
civilize to bring to an educated or refined condition; cause impulsive or destructive behavior to be voluntarily restrained.
civilized educated or refined; not impulsive or destructive; socialized or civil.
civil law the section of law that deals with the rights of the citizens, as distinct from laws that regulate criminal acts, military personnel, or international trade. [3 definitions]
civil liberty a citizen's freedom to exercise certain rights, such as the right to free speech or free assembly, as guaranteed by the laws of a country.
civil marriage a marriage performed by a government official, such as a justice of the peace, rather than a clergyman.
civil rights the rights guaranteed by a nation's government to all its citizens. [2 definitions]
Civil Rights Act in the U.S., any of several laws intended to protect civil rights, esp. the landmark law passed by Congress in 1964 that aimed to protect the constitutional right to vote and prevent discrimination in places of employment, public facilities and accommodations, and the like.
civil service any branch of government that is not part of the legislative, judicial, or military services. [3 definitions]
civil war a war within a nation between opposing political factions or regions. [2 definitions]
civvies (informal) civilian clothing, as opposed to military uniform.
Cl symbol of the chemical element chlorine.
clabber sour, thick, or curdled milk. [2 definitions]
clack to make a short, sharp sound or sounds such as are made by striking two hard objects together. [8 definitions]
clad1 a past tense and past participle of clothe.
clad2 to bond or attach a metal to (another metal) in order to strengthen or protect it.
cladding a metal bonded to another metal as a protective coating. [2 definitions]
claim to assert ownership; demand as one's right. [8 definitions]
claimable combined form of claim.
claimant one who makes a claim.