of or in a condition of social order
not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others
"even if he didn't like them he should have been civil"- W.S. Maugham
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(of divisions of time) legally recognized in ordinary affairs of life
"the civil calendar"; "a civil day begins at mean midnight"
applying to ordinary citizens as contrasted with the military
of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals
"civil rights"; "civil liberty"; "civic duties"; "civic pride"
of or occurring within the state or between or among citizens of the state
"civil affairs"; "civil strife"; "civil disobedience"; "civil branches of government"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
A civil person observes such propriety of speech and manner as to avoid being rude; one who is polite (literally polished) observes more than the necessary proprieties, conforming to all that is graceful, becoming, and thoughtful in the intercourse of refined society. A man may be civil with no consideration for others, simply because self-respect forbids him to be rude; but one who is polite has at least some care for the opinions of others, and if polite in the highest and truest sense, which is coming to be the prevailing one, he cares for the comfort and happiness of others in the smallest matters. Civil is a colder and more distant word than polite; courteous is fuller and richer, dealing often with greater matters, and is used only in the good sense. Courtly suggests that which befits a royal court, and is used of external grace and stateliness without reference to the prompting feeling; as, the courtly manners of the ambassador. Genteel refers to an external elegance, which may be showy and superficial, and the word is thus inferior to polite or courteous. Urbane refers to a politeness that is genial and successful in giving others a sense of ease and cheer. Polished refers to external elegancies of speech and manner without reference to spirit or purpose; as, a polished gentleman or a polished scoundrel; cultured refers to a real and high development of mind and soul, of which the external manifestation is the smallest part. Complaisant denotes a disposition to please or favor beyond what politeness would necessarily require.
awkward, bluff, blunt, boorish, brusk, clownish, coarse, discourteous, ill-behaved, ill-bred, ill-mannered, impertinent, impolite, impudent, insolent, insulting, raw, rude, rustic, uncivil, uncouth, unmannerly, unpolished, untaught, untutored
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How to use civil in a sentence?
This case is about much more than a single phone or a single investigation, at stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people, and setting a dangerous precedent that threatens everyone's civil liberties.
If it's from scratch and they don't have any roads down, they would need to be very advanced with not only their detailed planning but also tendering to find the correct contractors to build the place, in a crash program for the civil engineering you could maybe manage in six to nine months but that's pretty magic.
About 2.5 percent of the Senate can be civil servants, or by my calculations, about six people.
That is why the Civil Division has implemented additional safeguards and systems to ensure that all misconduct allegations are handled appropriately going forward.
These men died fighting for their country... putting this right is the last nice thing we can do for Union Civil War soldiers.
Translations for civil
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- учтив, цивилен, вежлив, гражданскиBulgarian
- civilCatalan, Valencian
- zivilisiert, bürgerlich, zivilGerman
- catharra, sìobhaltaScottish Gaelic
- អសេនិកៈ, រដ្ឋប្បវេណី, ស៊ីវិល, រដ្ឋការKhmer
- civiel, beschaafd, burgerlijk, geciviliseerdDutch
- civil, civilizadoPortuguese
- вежливый, воспитанный, штатский, культурный, цивилизованный, гражданскийRussian
- civiliserad, civilSwedish
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