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1    of the ordinary life of citizens as distinguished from military, legal, or ecclesiastical affairs  
2    of or relating to the citizen as an individual  
civil rights     
3    of or occurring within the state or between citizens  
civil strife     
4    polite or courteous  
a civil manner     
5       a less common word for       civic  
6    of or in accordance with Roman law  
7    relating to the private rights of citizens  
     (C14: from Old French, from Latin civilis, from civis citizen)  
  civilly      adv  
  civilness      n  

British Civil Airworthiness Requirements  
      pl n   (in Britain) documents specifying aerodynamic, engineering design, construction, and performance requirements, which must be met before an aircraft is given permission to fly  
civil day  
      n      another name for       calendar day  
    day       1  
civil death  
      n     (Law)   (formerly) the loss of all civil rights because of a serious conviction  
   See also       attainder  
civil defence  
      n   the organizing of civilians to deal with enemy attacks  
civil disobedience  
      n   a refusal to obey laws, pay taxes, etc.: a nonviolent means of protesting or of attempting to achieve political goals  
civil engineer  
      n   a person qualified to design, construct, and maintain public works, such as roads, bridges, harbours, etc.  
  civil engineering      n  
civil law  
1    the law of a state relating to private and civilian affairs  
2    the body of law in force in ancient Rome, esp. the law applicable to private citizens  
3    any system of law based on the Roman system as distinguished from the common law and canon law  
4    the law of a state as distinguished from international law  
civil liberty  
      n   the right of an individual to certain freedoms of speech and action  
civil list  
      n   (in Britain) the annuities voted by Parliament for the support of the royal household and the royal family  
civil marriage  
      n     (Law)   a marriage performed by some official other than a clergyman  
civil rights  
      pl n  
1    the personal rights of the individual citizen, in most countries upheld by law, as in the U.S.  
2    modifier   of, relating to, or promoting equality in social, economic, and political rights  
civil servant  
      n   a member of the civil service  
civil service  
1    the service responsible for the public administration of the government of a country. It excludes the legislative, judicial, and military branches. Members of the civil service have no official political allegiance and are not generally affected by changes of governments  
2    the members of the civil service collectively  
civil war  
      n   war between parties, factions, or inhabitants of different regions within the same nation  
Civil War  
1      (English history)   the conflict between Charles I and the Parliamentarians resulting from disputes over their respective prerogatives. Parliament gained decisive victories at Marston Moor in 1644 and Naseby in 1645, and Charles was executed in 1649  
2      (U.S. history)   the war fought from 1861 to 1865 between the North and the South, sparked off by Lincoln's election as president but with deep-rooted political and economic causes, exacerbated by the slavery issue. The advantages of the North in terms of population, finance, and communications brought about the South's eventual surrender at Appomattox  
civil year  
      n      another name for       calendar year  
    year       1  
Spanish Civil War  
      n   the civil war in Spain from 1936 to 1939 in which insurgent nationalists, led by General Franco, succeeded in overthrowing the republican government. During the war Spain became an ideological battleground for fascists and socialists from all countries  
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