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CIVIL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does civil mean? 

CIVIL (adjective)
  The adjective CIVIL has 6 senses:

1. applying to ordinary citizens
2. not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others
3. of or occurring within the state or between or among citizens of the state
4. of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals
5. (of divisions of time) legally recognized in ordinary affairs of life
6. of or in a condition of social order

  Familiarity information: CIVIL used as an adjective is common.


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CIVIL (adjective)


Sense 1civil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Applying to ordinary citizens

Context examples:

civil law / civil authorities

Similar:

civilian (associated with or performed by civilians as contrasted with the military)


Sense 2civil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

civil; polite

Context example:

even if he didn't like them he should have been civil

Attribute:

civility (formal or perfunctory politeness)

Antonym:

uncivil (lacking civility or good manners)


Sense 3civil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

civil affairs / civil strife / civil disobedience / civil branches of government

Pertainym:

state (a politically organized body of people under a single government)


Sense 4civil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

civic; civil

Context examples:

civil rights / civil liberty / civic duties / civic pride

Pertainym:

citizen (a native or naturalized member of a state or other political community)


Sense 5civil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Context examples:

the civil calendar / a civil day begins at mean midnight

Antonym:

sidereal ((of divisions of time) determined by daily motion of the stars)


Sense 6civil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or in a condition of social order

Context example:

civil peoples

Similar:

civilised; civilized (having a high state of culture and development both social and technological)


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