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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ci·vil·i·ty n.; pl. Civilities
 1. The state of society in which the relations and duties of a citizen are recognized and obeyed; a state of civilization. [Obs.]
    Monarchies have risen from barbarrism to civility, and fallen again to ruin.   --Sir J. Davies.
    The gradual depature of all deeper signification from the word civility has obliged the creation of another word -- civilization.   --Trench.
 2. A civil office, or a civil process [Obs.]
    To serve in a civility.   --Latimer.
 3. Courtesy; politeness; kind attention; good breeding; a polite act or expression.
    The insolent civility of a proud man is, if possible, more shocking than his rudeness could be.   --Chesterfield.
    The sweet civilities of life.   --Dryden.
 Syn: -- Urbanity; affability; complaisance.