Definition of civilized adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -ised) adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪvəlaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪvəlaɪzd//
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  1. 1well organized socially with a very developed culture and way of life the civilized world rising crime in our so-called civilized societies civilized peoples
  2. 2having laws and customs that are fair and morally acceptable No civilized country should allow such terrible injustices.
  3. 3having or showing polite and reasonable behaviour We couldn't even have a civilized conversation any more.
  4. 4typical of a comfortable and pleasant way of life Breakfast on the terrace—how civilized! Let’s go somewhere civilized and have a meal.
  5. opposite uncivilized
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