Definitions: (1) respectful of the basic human rights of others; (2) courteous and polite; mannerly; (3) proper behavior

Synonyms: affable, complaisant, obliging

• When you choose to be civil you are creating civilization.

• Although being civil oftentimes implies an attitude little more than a lack of rudeness, it also implies a willingness to be tolerant. This is the beginning of an acceptance of our unavoidable differences, and a practical step away from the negative toward the positive.