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Main Entry: civ·il
Pronunciation: primarystresssiv-schwal
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English civil "relating to a citizen," from early French civil (same meaning), from Latin civilis "relating to a citizen," from civis "citizen" --related to CITIZEN, CITY
1 : of or relating to citizens <civil liberties>
2 : of or relating to the state <civil institutions>
3 : of or relating to ordinary or government affairs rather than to those of the military or the church
4 : polite without being friendly <gave a civil answer>
5 : relating to court action between individuals having to do with private rights rather than criminal action <a civil suit>

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