Definition of civility noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//səˈvɪləti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈvɪləti//
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  1. 1[uncountable] polite behaviour Staff members are trained to treat customers with civility at all times.
  2. 2civilities [plural] remarks that are said only in order to be polite She didn’t waste time on civilities.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French civilite, from Latin civilitas, from civilis ‘relating to citizens’ (from civis ‘citizen’). In early use the term denoted the state of being a citizen and hence good citizenship or orderly behaviour. The sense ‘politeness’ arose in the mid 16th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: civility