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English definition of “civil”

civil

adjective [before noun]
 
 
/ˈsɪvəl/ LAW
relating to legal disagreements between people or businesses, rather than criminal activities: civil action/lawsuit/case, etc. The Chapter 11 action suspended a civil trial in which two plaintiffs sought compensation totaling more than $160 million. → Compare criminal law
(Definition of civil from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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