UK [ˈsɪvəlɪ] / US [ˈsɪvɪlɪ] adverb
in a polite way, especially without being friendly

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  • civilly — 1550s, with reference to citizenship or civil matters, also in a well bred manner; from CIVIL (Cf. civil) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • civilly — [siv′əl ē] adv. 1. with civility; politely 2. in relation to civil law, civil rights, etc …   English World dictionary

  • civilly — adverb Date: 15th century 1. in terms of civil rights, law, or matters < civilly dead > 2. in a civil manner ; politely …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • civilly — civil ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to ordinary citizens, as distinct from military or ecclesiastical matters. 2) Law non criminal: a civil court. 3) courteous and polite. DERIVATIVES civilly adverb. ORIGIN Latin civilis, from civis citizen …   English terms dictionary

  • civilly — adverb in a civil manner he treats his former wife civilly • Ant: ↑uncivilly • Derived from adjective: ↑civil …   Useful english dictionary

  • civilly — /siv euh lee/, adv. 1. politely; courteously. 2. in accordance with civil law. [1400 50; late ME. See CIVIL, LY] * * * …   Universalium

  • civilly — adverb in a civil manner …   Wiktionary

  • civilly — civ|il|ly [ sıvıli ] adverb in a polite way, especially without being friendly …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • civilly — adv. mannerly, politely, courteously …   English contemporary dictionary

  • civilly — civ·il·ly …   English syllables

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