noun Date: 1772 1. a. a relatively high level of cultural and technological development; specifically the stage of cultural development at which writing and the keeping of written records is attained b. the culture characteristic of a particular time or place 2. the process of becoming civilized 3. a. refinement of thought, manners, or taste b. a situation of urban comfortcivilizational adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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