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English definition of “civil”

civil

adjective (POLITE)   /ˈsɪv·əl/
polite and formal: We were civil to each other, but we were both still angry.
(Definition of civil adjective (POLITE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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