(a.) Pertaining to a city or state, or to a citizen in his relations to his fellow citizens or to the state; within the city or state.

(a.) Subject to government; reduced to order; civilized; not barbarous; -- said of the community.

(a.) Performing the duties of a citizen; obedient to government; -- said of an individual.

(a.) Having the manners of one dwelling in a city, as opposed to those of savages or rustics; polite; courteous; complaisant; affable.

(a.) Pertaining to civic life and affairs, in distinction from military, ecclesiastical, or official state.

(a.) Relating to rights and remedies sought by action or suit distinct from criminal proceedings.

Related Terms:

affable, affair, affect, barb, barbarous, citizen, civic, community, complaisant, courteous, criminal, duties, dwell, dwelling, eccle, ecclesia, ecclesiast, ecclesiastic, ecclesiastical, educed, fable, militar, military, munity, obedient, official, performing, polite, reduced, remedies, rustic, savage, sough, sought, unity, welling


annonae civiles, arrest in civil cases, board of civil authority, corpus juris civilis, decivilize, incivil, incivilities, incivility, incivilization, incivilly, jus civile, law, uncivil, uncivility, uncivilization, uncivilized, uncivilty

Legal Application:

This word has various significations. 1. It is used in contradistinction to barbarous or savage, to indicate a state of society reduced to order and regular government; thus we speak of civil life, civil society, civil government, and civil liberty

2. It is sometimes used in contradistinction to criminal, to indicate the private rights and remedies of men, as members of the community, in contrast to those which are public and relate to the government; thus we speak of civil process and criminal process, civil jurisdiction and criminal jurisdiction.

3. It is also used in contradistinction to military or ecclesiastical, to natural or foreign; thus we speak of a civil station, as opposed to a military or ecclesiastical stationa civil death as opposed to a natural death; a civil warasopposed to a foreign war. Story on the Const. 789; 1 Bl. Coin. 6, 125, 251; Montesq. Sp. of Laws, B 1, c. 3; Ruth. Inst. B. 2, c. 2; Id. ch. 3Id. ch. 8, p. 359; Hein. Elem. Jurisp. Nat. B. 2, ch. 6.

Related Actions:

coin, community, dies, ecclesia, ecclesiastic, ecclesiastical, foreign, liber, liberty, life, member, members, private, process, signification, society, station, unity

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