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[siv-uh-lee] /ˈsɪv ə li/
politely; courteously.
in accordance with civil law.
Origin of civilly
1400-50; late Middle English. See civil, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Even if they have strong policy differences, that they treat each other civilly and as fellow citizens.
  • They will educate, warn, and eventually civilly cite a responsible party.
  • These people will lose their jobs and need some level of service to avoid becoming civilly committed.
  • The mission of the center is to provide therapy to those individuals who have been civilly committed.
  • We will do our best to ensure that court personnel act civilly toward attorneys, parties and witnesses.
Word Origin and History for civilly

1550s, "with reference to citizenship or civil matters," also "in a well-bred manner;" from civil + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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