Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of showing regard for others
  2. (noun, attribute) formal or perfunctory politeness

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Alternate forms of Civility

Derivations: civil

Hyponyms: courtesy, deference, devoir, respect

Hypernyms: action, courtesy, good manners

Origin of the word Civility

  1. late 14c., "status of a citizen," from civil + -ity. Later especially "good citizenship" (1530s). Also "state of being civilized" (1540s); "behavior proper to civilized persons" (1560s). more

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