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civil British & World English

Relating to ordinary citizens and their concerns, as distinct from military or ecclesiastical matters

civil English Thesaurus

a civil marriage ceremony

civil law British & World English

The system of law concerned with private relations between members of a community rather than criminal, military, or religious affairs

civil war British & World English

A war between citizens of the same country

civil in civil English Thesaurus

a civil marriage ceremony

civil in courteous English Thesaurus

enquiries will be dealt with by our highly skilled, courteous staff

civil in polite English Thesaurus

we were too polite to comment

civil court British & World English

A court dealing with noncriminal cases

civil death British & World English

The loss of a citizen’s privileges through life imprisonment, banishment, etc.

Civil List British & World English

(In the UK) a fixed annual allowance voted by Parliament to meet the official expenses incurred by the Queen in her role as head of state. It was replaced by the Sovereign Grant in 2011

civil state British & World English

The state of being single, married, divorced, or widowed; a person’s marital status

civil wrong British & World English

An infringement of a person’s rights, especially a tort

Civil List New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

annual allowance to meet the expenses incurred by the Queen in her role as head of state

civil defence British & World English

The organization and training of civilians to be prepared for attacks in wartime

civil liberty British & World English

The state of being subject only to laws established for the good of the community, especially with regard to freedom of action and speech

civil rights British & World English

The rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality

civil servant British & World English

A member of the civil service

civil service British & World English

The permanent professional branches of a state’s administration, excluding military and judicial branches and elected politicians

civil society British & World English

Society considered as a community of citizens linked by common interests and collective activity

civil service New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

capitals as the proper name of a particular country's administration

civil commotion British & World English

A riot or similar disturbance

civil engineer British & World English

An engineer who designs and maintains roads, bridges, dams, and similar structures

civil marriage British & World English

A marriage solemnized as a civil contract without religious ceremony

civil commitment British & World English

Post-sentence institutional detention of an offender with the intention of preventing further offenses

civil conviction British & World English

(In military use) a current or former criminal conviction, under civil law, of an enlisted person

civil disobedience British & World English

The refusal to comply with certain laws considered unjust, as a peaceful form of political protest

civil partnership British & World English

(In some countries) a legally recognized union of a same-sex couple, with rights similar to those of marriage

American Civil War British & World English

The war between the northern US states (usually known as the Union) and the Confederate States of America, 1861-5

English Civil War British & World English

The war between Charles I and his Parliamentary opponents, 1642-9

Russian Civil War British & World English

A conflict fought in Russia (1918–21) after the Revolution, between the Bolshevik Red Army and the counter-revolutionary White Russians. The Bolsheviks were ultimately victorious, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was established

Spanish Civil War British & World English

The conflict (1936-9) between Nationalist forces (including monarchists and members of the Falange Party) and Republicans (including socialists and Communists and Catalan and Basque separatists) in Spain


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