Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “civil”

civil

adjective (POLITE)    /ˈsɪv.əl/
polite and formal: His manner was civil, though not particularly friendly.Polite and respectfulPolite and respectful
(Definition of civil adjective (POLITE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of civil

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Polite and respectful, but you might be interested in these topics from the Admiration and respect topic area:

Definitions of “civil” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

touch

an ability to do things in the stated, especially positive, way

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More