Definition of civilly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɪvəli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪvəli//
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  1. 1in a polite and formal way but possibly not seeming friendly She greeted him civilly but with no sign of affection.
  2. 2in a way that involves personal legal matters and not criminal law The companies run the risk of being held criminally or civilly liable for any damages. compare criminally