Definition of 'civil'
Video: pronunciation of 'civil'
Example sentences containing 'civil'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
This liberty is a civil right protected by a political constitution. Democracy and its Critics - Anglo-American democratic thought in the nineteenth century (1989)He also said the government should look seriously at reducing the size of the civil service. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Senior civil servants have to show a commitment to reducing complexity. Times, Sunday Times (2012)On the plus side this produced civil partnerships. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It is now conventional wisdom that civil society is failing. Christianity Today (2000)The results come after the safest year on record for civil aviation. Times, Sunday Times (2013)These talks widened the currency of his name in both civil and military circles. Times, Sunday Times (2010)There are civil laws to control fraud and exploitation. The Sun (2009)It was an ideal location for an aspiring civil rights lawyer. Times, Sunday Times (2007)But these hopes collapsed amid civil war and military defeat. The Times Literary Supplement (2011)Within a week he enrolled at night school with a view to getting himself in the civil service. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Many go on to pursue academic careers or take up senior posts in politics and the civil service. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Perhaps too many had died in their civil war for superior foreign armies to present so terrible a challenge. The Tribes Triumphant (2006)Greek civil servants are to lose six days of paid holiday they receive each year for using a computer. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Some found jobs in civil aviation. FIGHTER BOYS: Saving Britain 1940 (2003)The news means an end to the long and damaging civil war in European rugby. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Pals showed their support after seeing pictures of the civil partnership ceremony last December. The Sun (2014)It is about having civil rights, liberties. The Sun (2012)The handouts are for civil servants on more than 60,000 a year. The Sun (2011)The number of civil partnerships, by contrast, is rising. Times, Sunday Times (2008)
Trends of 'civil'
Very Common. civil is one of the 4000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Translations for 'civil'
British English: civil ADJECTIVE
You use civil to describe events that happen within a country and that involve the different groups of people in it.
Definition of civil from the Collins English Dictionary
Take better control of your finances with these simple steps
Do you find yourself living paycheque to paycheque? Dr Peter Brooks offers his advice to make that money last
The etymology behind 4 eggs-ellent Springtime words
We’ve explored the diverse etymology of 4 eggs-ellent words associated with spring.
Up Lit, Alexa Laugh & Meet Me at McDonald’s Hair: March’s Words In The News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this March with Robert Groves.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.