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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (societal)
a. civil
Los manifestantes iniciaron acciones de desobediencia civil para no caer en la violencia.The protesters engaged in civil disobedience so as to remain nonviolent.
2. (non-religious)
a. civil
Como no quisieron casarse en una iglesia, la pareja celebró una boda civil.Because they did not want to get married in a church, the couple had a civil wedding.
3. (legal)
a. civil
La semana pasada fui al juzgado para dar testimonio en un caso civil.Last week I went to the courthouse to provide testimony in a civil case.
4. (of the people)
a. civil
El racismo y las diferencias culturales provocaron la última guerra civil en la región.Racism and cultural differences provoked the most recent civil war in the region.
b. civilian
Cuando no estés en la base militar, debes llevar ropa civil.When you are not on the military base, you must wear civilian clothes.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
5. (non-military person)
a. civilian
El número de civiles desarmados muertos a manos de la policía se ha convertido en un gran problema en los últimos años.The number of unarmed civilians killed by police officers has become a huge problem in recent years.
6. (military)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. civil guard
Lo siento, señora, pero solo pueden pasar los civiles más allá de este punto.I am sorry, ma'am, but only the civil guards may go beyond this point.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. civil
casarse por lo civilto get married in a registry office, civil ceremony
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (no militar)
a. civilian
3. (colloquial)
a. member of the “Guardia Civil”
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1 (no militar) [+autoridad, aviación] civil; [+vida, víctima, población] civilian
guerra civil civil war; va vestido de civil he's wearing civilian clothes; he's in civilian clothes; la sociedad civil civil society
2 (no religioso) civil
matrimonio civil civil wedding; registry office wedding; contrajo matrimonio civil he got married in a registry office (wedding); casarse por lo civil to have a civil wedding; have a registry office wedding; be married in a civil ceremony
3 (Jur) [+responsabilidad, desobediencia] civil
1 (persona no militar) civilian
2 (guardia) civil guard
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