Found 2 items, similar to civil suit.
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Definition: civil suit
n : a lawsuit alleging violations of civil law by the defendant
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Definition: Civil suit
, a. [L. civilis, fr. civis citizen: cf. F. civil.
1. Pertaining to a city or state, or to a citizen in his
relations to his fellow citizens or to the state; within
the city or state.
2. Subject to government; reduced to order; civilized; not
barbarous; -- said of the community.
England was very rude and barbarous; for it is but
even the other day since England grew civil.
3. Performing the duties of a citizen; obedient to
government; -- said of an individual.
Civil men come nearer the saints of God than others;
they come within a step or two of heaven. --Preston
4. Having the manners of one dwelling in a city, as opposed
to those of savages or rustics; polite; courteous;
Note: “A civil man now is one observant of slight external
courtesies in the mutual intercourse between man and
man; a civil man once was one who fulfilled all the
duties and obligations flowing from his position as a
'civis' and his relations to the other members of that
5. Pertaining to civic life and affairs, in distinction from
military, ecclesiastical, or official state.
6. Relating to rights and remedies sought by action or suit
distinct from criminal proceedings.
, an action to enforce the rights or redress
the wrongs of an individual, not involving a criminal
, the architecture which is employed in
constructing buildings for the purposes of civil life, in
distinction from military and naval architecture, as
private houses, palaces, churches, etc.
. (Law.) See under Death
. See under Engineering
. See under Law
. See under List
(Law), that given to a person injured, by
action, as opposed to a criminal prosecution.
, all service rendered to and paid for by the
state or nation other than that pertaining to naval or
Civil service reform
, the substitution of business
principles and methods for the spoils system in the
conduct of the civil service, esp. in the matter of
appointments to office.
, the whole body of the laity or citizens not
included under the military, maritime, and ecclesiastical
. Same as Civil action
. See under War
. See under Year