noun, plural civilities.
courtesy; politeness.
a polite action or expression: an exchange of civilities.
Archaic. civilization; culture; good breeding.

1350–1400; Middle English civilite < Middle French < Latin cīvīlitāt- (stem of cīvīlitās) courtesy. See civil, -ity

overcivility, noun

1. affability, amiability, manners, tact. Unabridged
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civility (sɪˈvɪlɪtɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  politeness or courtesy, esp when formal
2.  (often plural) an act of politeness

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "status of a citizen," from civil + -ity. Later especially "good citizenship" (1530s). Also "state of being civilized" (1540s); "behavior proper to civilized persons" (1560s).
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It may not, of course, be possible to compel civility.
What's more effective than legislation and legal action are positive
  initiatives to build respect and civility at work.
Thank you for bringing civility and good sense to the discussion.
We ask that you adhere to wiki principles of good faith, civility and consensus
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