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English definition of “civil”

civil

adjective [before noun] (LAW)    /ˈsɪv.əl/ specialized
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 .Rules and laws
(Definition of civil adjective (LAW) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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