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Borrowed from Latin civilitas: compare French civilité. See civil.


civility (countable and uncountable, plural civilities)

  1. Politeness; courtesy; an individual act or a manner of behaving which conforms to social conventions of propriety.
    • Chesterfield
      The insolent civility of a proud man is, if possible, more shocking than his rudeness could be.
  2. (obsolete) The state of society in which the relations and duties of a citizen are recognized and obeyed; civilization.
    • Sir J. Davies
      Monarchies have risen from barbarism to civility, and fallen again to ruin.
  3. (obsolete) A civil office, or a civil process.
    • Latimer
      To serve in a civility.