civil

adjective

Definitions of civil

relating to private relations between people and organisations; as opposed to criminal (=of or relating to a crime)

Mr Lee decided to take out a civil lawsuit against the government for leaking false information about him.

relating to aspects of the civil law (=codified law) from civil law systems (=legal systems based on codified law rather than common law systems)

Switzerland is a civil law jurisdiction.

relating to ordinary citizens rather than the military or the church

All civil aircraft must pass a series of regular maintenance tests laid down by aviation authorities.