Civil remedy
Civil Civ"il, a. [L. civilis, fr. civis citizen: cf. F. civil. See {City}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

2. Subject to government; reduced to order; civilized; not barbarous; -- said of the community. [1913 Webster]

England was very rude and barbarous; for it is but even the other day since England grew civil. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. Performing the duties of a citizen; obedient to government; -- said of an individual. [1913 Webster]

Civil men come nearer the saints of God than others; they come within a step or two of heaven. --Preston [1913 Webster]

4. Having the manners of one dwelling in a city, as opposed to those of savages or rustics; polite; courteous; complaisant; affable. [1913 Webster]

Note: ``A civil man now is one observant of slight external courtesies in the mutual intercourse between man and man; a civil man once was one who fulfilled all the duties and obligations flowing from his position as a 'civis' and his relations to the other members of that 'civitas.''' --Trench [1913 Webster]

5. Pertaining to civic life and affairs, in distinction from military, ecclesiastical, or official state. [1913 Webster]

6. Relating to rights and remedies sought by action or suit distinct from criminal proceedings. [1913 Webster]

{Civil action}, an action to enforce the rights or redress the wrongs of an individual, not involving a criminal proceeding.

{Civil architecture}, the architecture which is employed in constructing buildings for the purposes of civil life, in distinction from military and naval architecture, as private houses, palaces, churches, etc.

{Civil death}. (Law.) See under {Death}.

{Civil engineering}. See under {Engineering}.

{Civil law}. See under {Law}.

{Civil list}. See under {List}.

{Civil remedy} (Law), that given to a person injured, by action, as opposed to a criminal prosecution.

{Civil service}, all service rendered to and paid for by the state or nation other than that pertaining to naval or military affairs.

{Civil service reform}, the substitution of business principles and methods for the spoils system in the conduct of the civil service, esp. in the matter of appointments to office.

{Civil state}, the whole body of the laity or citizens not included under the military, maritime, and ecclesiastical states.

{Civil suit}. Same as {Civil action}.

{Civil war}. See under {War}.

{Civil year}. See under {Year}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Civil remedy — Remedy Rem e*dy (r?m ? d?), n.; pl. {Remedies} ( d?z). [L. remedium; pref. re re + mederi to heal, to cure: cf. F. rem[ e]de remedy, rem[ e]dier to remedy. See {Medical}.] [1913 Webster] 1. That which relieves or cures a disease; any medicine or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • civil remedy — A remedy sought in the prosecution of a suit or action by or at the instance of a private person for the assertion of a private right. People ex ref. Raster v Healy, 230 Ill 280, 82 NE 599 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • civil remedy — solution that a court of law provides in a civil case …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Civil Rights Act of 1871 — Full title An Act to enforce the Provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and for other Purposes Colloquial name(s) Ku Klux Klan Act Enacted by the 24th United States Congress …   Wikipedia

  • Remedy — Rem e*dy (r?m ? d?), n.; pl. {Remedies} ( d?z). [L. remedium; pref. re re + mederi to heal, to cure: cf. F. rem[ e]de remedy, rem[ e]dier to remedy. See {Medical}.] [1913 Webster] 1. That which relieves or cures a disease; any medicine or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Remedy of the mint — Remedy Rem e*dy (r?m ? d?), n.; pl. {Remedies} ( d?z). [L. remedium; pref. re re + mederi to heal, to cure: cf. F. rem[ e]de remedy, rem[ e]dier to remedy. See {Medical}.] [1913 Webster] 1. That which relieves or cures a disease; any medicine or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Civil — Civ il, a. [L. civilis, fr. civis citizen: cf. F. civil. See {City}.] 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Subject to government;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Civil action — Civil Civ il, a. [L. civilis, fr. civis citizen: cf. F. civil. See {City}.] 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Subject to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Civil architecture — Civil Civ il, a. [L. civilis, fr. civis citizen: cf. F. civil. See {City}.] 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Subject to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Civil death — Civil Civ il, a. [L. civilis, fr. civis citizen: cf. F. civil. See {City}.] 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Subject to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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