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English definition of “civil”

civil

adjective
 
 
/ˈsɪvəl/
PEOPLE [always before noun] relating to the ordinary people or things in a country and not to military or religious organizations: They married in a civil ceremony.Ordinary people
LAW [always before noun] relating to private arguments between people and not criminal cases: a civil court Rules and laws
POLITE polite in a formal way: He and his ex-wife can't even have a civil conversation.Polite and respectfulPolite and respectful
(Definition of civil from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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