Civility - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |səˈvɪləti|  American pronunciation of the word civility
Brit.  |sɪˈvɪlɪti|  British pronunciation of the word civility


- formal or perfunctory politeness
- the act of showing regard for others (syn: politeness)


They greeted each other with the usual exchange of civilities.

...after the usual civilities, the parents and the principal had a serious talk about the boy...

Please have the civility to knock before you enter next time.

...there's been a declination in basic civility in our society...

...a discussion on some hot-button social issues in which any pretense to civility quickly gave way to intransigence and scurrility...

In society tact is the great art that makes for civility, for civilization ...

Word forms

singular: civility
plural: civilities
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