civil /ˈsɪvəl/ adjective
Learner's definition of CIVIL
always used before a noun : of or relating to the people who live in a country
see also civil disobedience, civil war
always used before a noun : of or relating to the regular business of the people in a city, town, state, etc. : not connected to the military or to a religion
not used before a noun, [more civil; most civil] : polite but not friendly : only as polite as a person needs to be in order to not be rude
opposite uncivil
[more civil; most civil] : caring about art, science, government, people's well-being, etc.
opposite uncivil
always used before a noun, law : relating to laws that describe a person's rights rather than to laws about crime
compare 1criminal 2; see also civil law, civil liberty, civil rights

— civilly

/ˈsɪvəli/ adverb
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