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English definition of “civil”

civil

adjective uk   /ˈsɪv.əl/ us  

civil adjective (ORDINARY)

C1 [before noun] not military or religious, or relating to the ordinary people of a country: Helicopters are mainly used for military rather than civil use. After ten years of military dictatorship, the country now has a civil government. We weren't married in church, but we had a civil ceremony in a registry office.

civil adjective (LAW)

[before noun] specialized law relating to private arguments between people or organizations rather than criminal matters: The matter would be better dealt with in the civil court rather than by an expensive criminal proceeding.

civil adjective (POLITE)

polite and formal: His manner was civil, though not particularly friendly.
(Definition of civil from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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