Meaning of CIVIL in English


[] adj [ME, fr. MF, fr. L civilis, fr. civis] (14c) 1 a: of or relating to citizens b: of or relating to the state or its citizenry

2. a: civilized "~ society" b: adequate in courtesy and politeness: mannerly 3 a: of, relating to, or based on civil law b: relating to private rights and to remedies sought by action or suit distinct from criminal proceedings c: established by law

4: of, relating to, or involving the general public, their activities, needs, or ways, or civic affairs as distinguished from special (as military or religious) affairs

5. of time: based on the mean sun and legally recognized for use in ordinary affairs syn civil, polite, courteous, gallant, chivalrous mean observant of the forms required by good breeding. civil often suggests little more than the avoidance of overt rudeness "owed the questioner a civil reply". polite commonly implies polish of speech and manners and sometimes suggests an absence of cordiality "if you can't be pleasant, at least be polite". courteous implies more actively considerate or dignified politeness "clerks who were unfailingly courteous to customers". gallant and chivalrous imply courteous attentiveness esp. to women. gallant suggests spirited and dashing behavior and ornate expressions of courtesy "a gallant suitor of the old school". chivalrous suggests high-minded and self-sacrificing behavior "a chivalrous display of duty".

Merriam-Webster English vocab.      Английский словарь Merriam Webster.