Meaning of CIVIL in English

CIVIL

transcription, транскрипция: [ sɪv(ə)l ]

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

1.

You use civil to describe events that happen within a country and that involve the different groups of people in it.

...civil unrest.

ADJ : ADJ n

2.

You use civil to describe people or things in a country that are not connected with its armed forces.

...the US civil aviation industry.

≠ military

ADJ : usu ADJ n

3.

You use civil to describe things that are connected with the state rather than with a religion.

They were married on August 9 in a civil ceremony in Venice.

...Jewish civil and religious law.

≠ religious

ADJ : ADJ n

4.

You use civil to describe the rights that people have within a society.

...a United Nations covenant on civil and political rights.

ADJ : ADJ n

5.

Someone who is civil is polite in a formal way, but not particularly friendly. ( FORMAL )

As visitors, the least we can do is be civil to the people in their own land.

= polite

ADJ

• civ‧il‧ly

The man nodded civilly to Sharpe, then consulted a notebook.

ADV

• ci‧vil‧ity

...civility to underlings.

N-UNCOUNT

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