- 1[only before noun] connected with the people who live in a country civil unrest (= that is caused by groups of people within a country) see also civil war
- 2[only before noun] connected with the state rather than with religion or with the armed forces a civil marriage ceremony
- 3[only before noun] involving personal legal matters and not criminal law a civil court compare criminal, civil law
- 4polite in a formal way but possibly not friendly The less time I have to spend being civil to him the better! opposite uncivil
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NAmE//ˈsɪvəli//adverb She greeted him civilly but with no sign of affection.