Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Courteous behavior; politeness.
  • noun A courteous act or utterance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Citizenship.
  • noun The state of being civilized; redemption from barbarity; civilization. See first extract under civilization.
  • noun Relation to the civil law rather than to religion.
  • noun Good breeding; politeness, or an act of politeness; courtesy; kind attention: as, to show one many civilities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete The state of society in which the relations and duties of a citizen are recognized and obeyed; a state of civilization.
  • noun obsolete A civil office, or a civil process.
  • noun Courtesy; politeness; kind attention; good breeding; a polite act or expression.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Politeness; courtesy; an individual act or a manner of behaving which conforms to social conventions of propriety.
  • noun obsolete The state of society in which the relations and duties of a citizen are recognized and obeyed; civilization.
  • noun obsolete A civil office, or a civil process.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun formal or perfunctory politeness
  • noun the act of showing regard for others

Etymologies

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Latin civilitas: compare French civilité. See civil.

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