Meaning of civility

civility




Civility is the act of showing regard for others by being polite, like the civility you showed in speaking kindly to someone who has hurt your feelings.

Civility comes from the Latin word civilis, meaning “relating to public life, befitting a citizen,” in other words, being friendly and nice to everyone. When you show civility, you use kindness and good manners. You are respectful, even if you do not like that person very much. Civility can also mean formal politeness, like your behavior at a fancy dinner.

Definitions of civility
  1. noun

    the act of showing regard for others

    synonyms:

    politeness

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    courtesy

    a courteous or respectful or considerate act
    deference, respect

    a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
    devoir

    formal expression of respect
    attention

    a courteous act indicating affection
    gallantry

    polite attentiveness to women
    court, homage

    respectful deference
    last respects

    the act of expressing respect for someone who has died
    props

    proper respect
    type of:

    action

    something done (usually as opposed to something said)

  2. noun

    formal or perfunctory politeness

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    Antonyms:

    incivility

    deliberate discourtesy
    type of:

    courtesy, good manners

    a courteous manner

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