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Civil – IELTS word of the day

Today’s word from the Academic Word List is



While this word can be used to mean polite, it is mostly used to describe ideas relating to society – something you will be writing about a lot. some of the more common combinations are:

civil war  – a conflict within a country

civil law – in contrast to criminal law

civil partnership – a same sex relationship

civil service – the permanent institution that helps governs the country (not the politicians who are only temporary!)

civil aviation – in contrast to military aviation

civil liberties – the basic human rights such as freedom of speech

civil engineer – someone who works on building projects that benefit society

Other connected words are civilian and civilisation.

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