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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [siv-uh l]
    • /ˈsɪv əl/
    • /ˈsɪvl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [siv-uh l]
    • /ˈsɪv əl/

Definitions of civil word

  • adjective civil You use civil to describe events that happen within a country and that involve the different groups of people in it. 3
  • adjective civil You use civil to describe people or things in a country that are not connected with its armed forces. 3
  • adjective civil You use civil to describe things that are connected with the state rather than with a religion. 3
  • adjective civil You use civil to describe the rights that people have within a society. 3
  • adjective civil Someone who is civil is polite in a formal way, but not particularly friendly. 3
  • adjective civil of the ordinary life of citizens as distinguished from military, legal, or ecclesiastical affairs 3

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Origin of civil

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin cīvīlis, equivalent to cīv(is) citizen + -īlis -il

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Parts of speech for Civil


civil popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

civil usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for civil

adj civil

  • local — low-cal.
  • governmental — the political direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities, societies, and states; direction of the affairs of a state, community, etc.; political administration: Government is necessary to the existence of civilized society.
  • domestic — of or relating to the home, the household, household affairs, or the family: domestic pleasures.
  • national — of, relating to, or maintained by a nation as an organized whole or independent political unit: national affairs.
  • civilian — In a military situation, a civilian is anyone who is not a member of the armed forces.

adjective civil

  • civic — You use civic to describe people or things that have an official status in a town or city.
  • community — The community is all the people who live in a particular area or place.
  • respectful — full of, characterized by, or showing politeness or deference: a respectful reply.
  • well-mannered — polite; courteous.
  • considerate — Someone who is considerate pays attention to the needs, wishes, or feelings of other people.

Antonyms for civil

adj civil

  • ill-mannered — having bad or poor manners; impolite; discourteous; rude.
  • impolite — not polite or courteous; discourteous; rude: an impolite reply.
  • unkind — lacking in kindness or mercy; severe.
  • foreign — of, relating to, or derived from another country or nation; not native: foreign cars.
  • rude — discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way: a rude reply.

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