civility

  • 1 Civility — Ci*vil i*ty, n.; pl. {Civilities}. [L. civilitas: cf. F. civilit[ e]. See {Civil}.] 1. The state of society in which the relations and duties of a citizen are recognized and obeyed; a state of civilization. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Monarchies have… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 civility — index amenity, comity, consideration (sympathetic regard), courtesy, decorum, respect Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 civility — late 14c., status of a citizen, from CIVIL (Cf. civil) + ITY (Cf. ity). Later especially good citizenship (1530s). Also state of being civilized (1540s); behavior proper to civilized persons (1560s) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 civility — ► NOUN (pl. civilities) 1) politeness and courtesy. 2) (civilities) polite remarks used in formal conversation …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 civility — [sə vil′ə tē] n. pl. civilities [ME civilite < OFr < L civilitas (< civilis,CIVIL), politics, hence politic behavior, politeness] 1. politeness, esp. in a merely formal way 2. a civil, or polite, act or utterance …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 civility — UK [səˈvɪlətɪ] / US [sɪˈvɪlətɪ] noun Word forms civility : singular civility plural civilities formal a) [uncountable] polite behaviour I expect to be treated with a little more civility. b) civilities [plural] polite comments, questions etc,… …

    English dictionary

  • 7 civility — ci|vil|i|ty [sıˈvılıti] n formal 1.) [U] polite behaviour which most people consider normal →↑civil ▪ Please have the civility to knock before you enter next time. 2.) civilities [plural] something that you say or do in order to be polite ▪ We… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 8 civility — ci|vil|i|ty [ sı vıləti ] noun FORMAL uncount polite behavior: I expect to be treated with a little more civility. a. civilities plural polite comments, questions, etc., especially between people who meet in a formal situation: Jean wasted no… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 9 civility — noun 1 (U) polite behaviour which most people consider normal: Please have the civility to knock before you enter next time. 2 civilities (plural) formal something that you say or do in order to be polite: We exchanged civilities when we were… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 civility — noun 1) he treated me with civility Syn: courtesy, courteousness, politeness, good manners, graciousness, consideration, respect, politesse, comity Ant: disrespect, rudeness 2) she didn t waste time on civiliti …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 11 civility — /səˈvɪləti / (say suh viluhtee) noun (plural civilities) 1. courtesy; politeness. 2. a polite attention or expression. 3. (usually plural) polite conversation: to exchange civilities. 4. Obsolete civilisation; culture: to achieve civility …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 12 civility — see civility costs nothing …

    Proverbs new dictionary

  • 13 civility — noun (plural ties) Date: 1533 1. archaic training in the humanities 2. a. civilized conduct; especially courtesy, politeness b. a polite act or expression …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 civility — /si vil i tee/, n., pl. civilities. 1. courtesy; politeness. 2. a polite action or expression: an exchange of civilities. 3. Archaic. civilization; culture; good breeding. [1350 1400; ME civilite < MF < L civilitat (s. of civilitas) courtesy. See …

    Universalium

  • 15 civility — noun Politeness; an individual act or a manner of behaving which conforms to social conventions of propriety …

    Wiktionary

  • 16 civility — Synonyms and related words: acculturation, act of courtesy, affability, agreeableness, amenities, amenity, amiability, appropriateness, attention, becomingness, bienseance, ceremonies, civilities, civilization, clubbability, clubbishness,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 civility — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. Well mannered behavior toward others: courteousness, courtesy, genteelness, gentility, mannerliness, politeness, politesse. See COURTESY. 2. A courteous act or courteous acts that contribute to smoothness and ease… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 civility — [[t]sɪvɪ̱lɪti[/t]] see civil …

    English dictionary

  • 19 civility — ci vil·i·ty || lÉ™tɪ n. politeness, courtesy, graciousness …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 civility — noun (plural civilities) politeness and courtesy. ↘(civilities) polite remarks used in formal conversation …

    English new terms dictionary


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