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Definition of Civil


  1. Pertaining to a city or state, or to a citizen in his relations to his fellow citizens or to the state; within the city or state.
  2. Subject to government; reduced to order; civilized; not barbarous; -- said of the community.
  3. Performing the duties of a citizen; obedient to government; -- said of an individual.
  4. Having the manners of one dwelling in a city, as opposed to those of savages or rustics; polite; courteous; complaisant; affable.
  5. Pertaining to civic life and affairs, in distinction from military, ecclesiastical, or official state.
  6. Relating to rights and remedies sought by action or suit distinct from criminal proceedings.

Civil Quotations

The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.
Samuel Adams

It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without including whites. Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it.
Maya Angelou

One individual can begin a movement that turns the tide of history. Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement, Mohandas Ganhi in India, Nelson Mandela in South Africa are examples of people standing up with courage and non-violence to bring about needed changes.
Jack Canfield

The sad truth is that the civil rights movement cannot be reborn until we identify the causes of black suffering, some of them self-inflicted. Why can't black leaders organize rallies around responsible sexuality, birth within marriage, parents reading to their children and students staying in school and doing homework?
Henry Louis Gates

Gay marriage will be universally accepted in time. But if I may be so bold as to say to gays and lesbians, don't wait for that time to arrive. Just as my father and his generation did not 'wait' for their civil rights, nor should you. The toothpaste ain't going back in the tube. The tide has turned.
John Ridley
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Civil Translations

civil in Dutch is civiel
civil in French is civil
civil in Italian is civico
civil in Latin is domesticus, civilis
civil in Spanish is burgues, civil
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