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civ·il

civil

 
 
pronunciation:
sI vl
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having to do with citizens or the general population.
As a citizen, do you know your civil duties?
synonyms:
civic, civilian
similar words:
municipal, public
definition 2: of the daily activities of citizens as opposed to those of religious or military groups.
My parents were married in a civil ceremony at the courthouse.
synonyms:
civic, civilian
antonyms:
military, religious
similar words:
public
definition 3: using good manners; polite.
She behaves in a civil way toward everyone.
synonyms:
courteous, polite, well-mannered
antonyms:
rude
similar words:
cordial, gracious, proper, respectful
derivation: civilly (adv.)
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The word civil contains the following parts:
civ Latin root that means citizen
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-ile, -il Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being or undergoing; pertaining to
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