Adjective "Civil" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to ordinary citizens and their concerns, as distinct from military or ecclesiastical matters.
  1. 'The nation wasn't ready for a full civil rights movement.'
  2. 'Indeed, one civil engineer writing to the Irish Times this week expressed astonishment at the figure.'
  3. 'The second use of the Law concerns civil matters.'
  4. 'As civil society is steadily developing, some of its elements continue to affect foreign policy.'
  5. 'But the link between civil aviation deals and military follow-ups is well established.'
  6. 'With the birth of civil and military aviation in the early 1900s, the focus of weather intelligence shifted from ballistics studies to aviation support.'
  7. 'In a world where civil disobedience was treated with toleration, that might be a good strategy.'
  8. 'A graduate of four military and two civil universities he has risen through the ranks from the time he was commissioned Second Lieutenant in May 1976.'
  9. 'In its most basic form, civil affairs operators are concerned with two missions that are opposite sides of a single coin.'
  10. 'And it is re-establishing the groundwork for again rationalizing a role for the military in civil political affairs.'
  11. 'civil strife'
  12. 'The diversity and fragmentation within ethnic groupings and the balance of tensions between those groups during the twentieth century prevented interethnic civil conflict.'
  13. 'In other countries, the severity of the challenges has contributed to the outbreak of civil conflict and even to the collapse of the state itself.'
  14. 'The one certainty is that the 38-year civil conflict is about to enter its bloodiest phase to date.'
  15. 'Amendments made to the Geneva Conventions in 1977 specified that prisoners taken in internal and civil conflicts must still be considered prisoners of war.'
  16. 'It is the people who are the real attraction here: good-humoured and unintrusive, their nature seems much at odds with the ongoing civil conflict.'
  17. 'These treaties apply when the armed forces of sovereign nations engage in armed hostilities, and some sub-rules apply during civil conflicts.'
  18. 'In the aftermath of disasters, public health services must address the effects of civil strife, armed conflict, population migration, economic collapse, and famine.'
  19. 'It is dedicated to helping women survivors of wars and civil strife and conflict to move from being victims to survivors to activists in their own communities.'
  20. 'At least 35,000 people have died in the civil conflict over the past decade and the death toll from civil strife since 1948 is estimated at 300,000.'
  21. 'There were territorial conflicts, wars, civil disputes, arguments and resentment.'
  22. 'a civil court'
  23. 'When the activities of a public body, or individual, are relevant to a private law dispute in civil proceedings, public law may in a similar way provide answers which are relevant to the resolution of the private law issue.'
  24. 'The January 2003 agreement was signed prior to the commencement of any civil proceedings.'
  25. 'The fact of the matter is that in Britain and in Ireland, our legal systems are based on a common law system, while in many continental countries it is based on a civil legal system.'
  26. 'Quebec's case law differs from the rest of Canada in that it follows a civil rather than a common law system.'
Courteous and polite.
  1. 'they try to work out their differences in a civil manner'
  2. 'But there's no reason why his children and I should not be civil to each other.'
  3. 'If he could only be civil to me, that would be a thing.'
  4. 'As for her acting civil to me in the textiles room, I must say, it was nicer than being insulted (which I'm sure she was extremely close to doing).'
  5. 'On another note, I was reasonably civil to Dave today.'
  6. 'Whatever his problem may be, he does not belong in a service occupation if he cannot act in a civil and courteous manner toward his guests.'
  7. 'The point of being polite or civil to another human being is not to demonstrate superiority, it is to demonstrate respect.'
  8. 'I am so incredibly civil to him that people often take me to task for it.'
  9. 'It is a place where people are rude and in a hurry and don't know how to be civil to one another.'
  10. 'The conversation points may have been slight in content, but there is something to be said for taking the time to be civil to people.'
  11. 'We're civil to each other, and we've worked together.'
(of time) fixed by custom or law rather than being natural or astronomical.
  1. 'It shows the bands of sunrise/set and civil, nautical, and astronomical twilight on a Mercator projection.'
  2. 'The planetary day begins at sunrise and not at midnight as in the civil calendar.'
  3. 'The only constraint appears to be a moonless sky for a couple of hours before civil twilight.'
  4. 'Later a more accurate value of 365 1/4 days was worked out for the length of the year but the civil calendar was never changed to take this into account.'


1. of, relating to, or consisting of citizens: civil life; civil society.

2. of the commonwealth or state: civil affairs.

3. of citizens in their ordinary capacity, or of the ordinary life and affairs of citizens, as distinguished from military and ecclesiastical life and affairs.

4. of the citizen as an individual: civil liberty.

5. befitting a citizen: a civil duty.

6. of, or in a condition of, social order or organized government; civilized: civil peoples.

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More examples(as adjective)

"people can be civil to people."

"proceedings can be civil in natures."

"polices can be civil in questionings."

"people can be civil in/at/on mornings."

"people can be civil to rests."

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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin civilis, from civis ‘citizen’.