civil civil  /ˈsɪ vəl/


  1. (adj) applying to ordinary citizens as contrasted with the military
  2. (adj) not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others
  3. (adj) of or occurring within the state or between or among citizens of the state
  4. (adj) of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals
  5. (adj) (of divisions of time) legally recognized in ordinary affairs of life
  6. (adj) of or in a condition of social order



Derived Word(s)


  • Although, Jean loathed the sight of Mark, she kept her language very civil .


  1. Civil Wars Release New Song and Plan New Album Release

    Civil Wars are moving ahead with the release of their second album. A self-titled collection
    on June 12, 2013     Source: antiMUSIC

  2. Civil rights group challenges NSA phone surveillance program

    The American Civil Liberties Union sued senior U.S. government officials on Tuesday to challenge the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's telephone surveillance program, saying it
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Denver Post

  3. Civil Liberties Groups Are Ganging Up on NSA, All the Way to the Legal Limit

    The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the director of the National Security Agency, the Secretary of Defense, and the Attorney General, following confirmation that the NSA is collecting phone call data from a division of Verizon. This could be a significant threat to the programs, as civil libertarians suddenly find themselves ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News


  1. "It undermines the civil control for the military that is the core of our democratic system, and it erodes the trust that is necessary for our team to work together to achieve our objectives in Afghanistan," he said.
    on Jun 23, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: NPR (blog)

  2. "To be sure, I will, as any new commander should, together with ISAF, Afghan, and diplomatic partners, examine our civil-military effort to determine where refinements might be needed," he added.
    on Jul 4, 2010 By: David Petraeus Source:

  3. "We mourn, with his family, and the United States of America, the loss of a champion of democracy and civil rights," Nelson Mandela Foundation chief executive Achmat Dangor said.
    on Aug 26, 2009 By: Achmat Dangor Source: Saudi Gazette

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