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civil

adjective  us   /ˈsɪv·əl/

civil adjective (ORDINARY)

of or relating to the ordinary people of a country, rather than members of religious organizations or the military: These helicopters are for rescue and other civil use. We were married in a civil ceremony. politics & government Civil also refers to the legal system governing personal and business matters: civil court

civil adjective (POLITE)

polite and formal: We were civil to each other, but we were both still angry.
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