- 1 [attributive] Of or relating to ordinary citizens and their concerns, as distinct from military or ecclesiastical matters: civil aviationMore example sentences
- Specific mission requirements also require the additional task organization of military police, civil affairs, and aviation assets.
- The second use of the Law concerns civil matters.
- But the link between civil aviation deals and military follow-ups is well established.
- 1.1(Of disorder or conflict) occurring between citizens of the same country.More example sentences
- There were territorial conflicts, wars, civil disputes, arguments and resentment.
- It is dedicated to helping women survivors of wars and civil strife and conflict to move from being victims to survivors to activists in their own communities.
- In the aftermath of disasters, public health services must address the effects of civil strife, armed conflict, population migration, economic collapse, and famine.
- 1.2 Law Relating to private relations between members of a community; noncriminal: a civil actionMore example sentences
- When the activities of a public body, or individual, are relevant to a private law dispute in civil proceedings, public law may in a similar way provide answers which are relevant to the resolution of the private law issue.
- The January 2003 agreement was signed prior to the commencement of any civil proceedings.
- With no criminal proceedings pending in the case, the family instituted civil proceedings.
- 1.3 Law Of or relating to civil law.More example sentences
- Napoleon was a universalist who believed in a common civil code for all his conquered subjects.
- The Jordanian civil legal system has its foundations in the Code Napoléon, a French legal code.
- The fact of the matter is that in Britain and in Ireland, our legal systems are based on a common law system, while in many continental countries it is based on a civil legal system.
- 2Courteous and polite: we tried to be civil to himMore example sentences
- The point of being polite or civil to another human being is not to demonstrate superiority, it is to demonstrate respect.
- I'll be polite and civil to him, and I honestly don't think he wants anything more than that.
- Whatever his problem may be, he does not belong in a service occupation if he cannot act in a civil and courteous manner toward his guests.
- 3(Of time measurement or a point in time) fixed by custom or law rather than being natural or astronomical: civil twilight starts at sunsetMore example sentences
- Now one might expect that this measurement of time would either give the number of ritual calendar years since creation or the number of civil calendar years since creation.
- Later a more accurate value of 365 1/4 days was worked out for the length of the year but the civil calendar was never changed to take this into account.
- Because the calendar had to be changed regularly to keep the civil calendar in phase with the astronomical one, the parapegma had movable pegs which could be adjusted as necessary.
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- One of the gentry he used to ferry about, a decent cove who always treated him civilly, writes letters and the sentence is commuted to transportation.
- And that doesn't go away because he settled civilly.
- Though we have profound differences, he is saying, we have to reason about them civilly instead of dismissing, insulting, and demonizing one another.
late Middle English: via Old French from Latin civilis, from civis 'citizen'.