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Related to civilly: conferred, reconfirm, prospectively


1. Of, relating to, or befitting a citizen or citizens: civil duties.
2. Of or relating to citizens and their interrelations with one another or with the state: government agencies concerned with civil affairs.
3. Of ordinary citizens or ordinary community life as distinguished from the military or the ecclesiastical: married in a civil ceremony at city hall.
4. Sufficiently observing or befitting accepted social usages; polite: a civil reply. See Synonyms at polite.
5. Being in accordance with or denoting legally recognized divisions of time: a civil year.
6. Law Relating to the rights of private individuals and legal proceedings concerning these rights as distinguished from criminal, military, or international regulations or proceedings.

[Middle English, from Latin cīvīlis, from cīvis, citizen; see civic.]

civ′il·ly adv.


(ˈsɪv ə li)

1. politely; courteously.
2. in accordance with civil law.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.civilly - in a civil manner; "he treats his former wife civilly"
uncivilly - in an uncivil manner; "he treats his former wife uncivilly"
بِأَدَب، بِلَطافَه


[ˈsɪvɪlɪ] ADVcortésmente, atentamente


[ˈsɪvəli] adv [greet, speak, nod] → polimentcivil rights
npldroits mpl civils
modif [movement] → pour les droits civils; [activist, campaigner] → pour les droits civilscivil servant nfonctionnaire mf
She's a civil servant → Elle est fonctionnaire.Civil Service
modif [reform] → de la fonction publique; [jobs] → de la fonction publique; [rules, system] → de la fonction publiquecivil war nguerre f civile


adv (= politely)höflich, zuvorkommend


[ˈsɪvɪlɪ] advcivilmente, educatamente, gentilmente


(ˈsivl) adjective
1. polite, courteous.
2. of the state or community. civil rights.
3. ordinary; not military or religious. civil life.
4. concerned with law cases which are not criminal.
civilian (siˈviljən) noun
a person who has a civil job, not in the armed forces.
civility (siˈviləti) noun
politeness. Treat strangers with civility.
ˈcivilly adverb
ˌcivil deˈfence noun
(American civil defense) the organization responsible for protection of civilians from enemy bombing etc and for rescue operations after such attacks.
ˌcivil disoˈbedience noun
a refusal by a large number of people to pay taxes or obey certain laws in a nonviolent way in order to protest against the government, its policies etc.
civil engineerengineercivil liberties/rights
the rights of a citizen according to the law of the country.
civil servant
a member of the civil service.
civil service
the organization which runs the administration of a state.
civil war
(a) war between citizens of the same state. the American Civil War.
References in classic literature ?
Cook, go and talk to 'em; tell 'em they are welcome to help themselves civilly, and in moderation, but they must keep quiet.
But hardly had she so spoken, when she found her brother was civilly offering a seat in his carriage, if the weather were Mr.
John Dashwood said nothing; but her husband civilly hoped that she would not be settled far from Norland.
The under-house-maids declared they were all behindhand and had not a minute to spare -- they suggested, not too civilly, that old Mazey had nothing on earth to do, and that he knew the house as well, or better, than he knew his A B C.
But, I took him into the room I had just left, and, having set the lamp on the table, asked him as civilly as I could, to explain himself.
after their manner, as we shall describe in its proper place) between his hoof and pastern; I took it in my hand, and, having smelt it, returned it to him again as civilly as I could.
Speak to me more civilly," he said, "before I kill you.
And they answered civilly, though they were so terrified that they hid behind one another, and said:
Nevertheless," replied Don Quixote, "I should like to know from each of them separately the reason of his misfortune;" to this he added more to the same effect to induce them to tell him what he wanted so civilly that the other mounted guard said to him:
A good morrow to you," returned the butcher, civilly enough.
Then he asked his way civilly enough, and I told him where the gate of the empty house was.
On the other hand, whenever the son received his father civilly the old man would be struck dumb with joy.