Definition of incivility in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌinsəˈvilədē/

noun (plural incivilities)

1Rude or unsociable speech or behavior: absenteeism and incivility were not tolerated
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  • This seemingly minor incident is a manifestation in this writer's opinion of the new culture of incivility and bad behaviour which are now permeating our society.
  • In the same three-month period, complaints for the central area included five for incivility, seven for assault, one for racial behaviour, and one for unlawful detention.
  • For certain disorders, conflicting theories emerged about their aetiology and pathogenesis, at times engendering negative attitudes among workers in one or the other field, including derision and incivility.
1.1 (often incivilities) An impolite or offensive comment.
Example sentences
  • People's worries about crime and incivilities of various kinds inevitably take their toll upon the quality of life.
  • Based on our previous work, we hypothesised that areas which are pleasant with lots of greenery and few incivilities might encourage people to take exercise and thereby influence levels of obesity.
  • Development of the teacher-student relationship is critical to deterring or decreasing incivilities.


Mid 16th century: from French incivilité or late Latin incivilitas, from Latin incivilis, from in- 'not' + civilis 'of a citizen' (see civil).

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Syllabification: in·ci·vil·i·ty

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