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9 Examples of Civility

Civility is the demonstration of respect for people and society. This includes working productively with people to seek common ground and being able to disagree without disrespect. The following are illustrative examples.

Manners & Politeness

Following the conventions of politeness and manners that have been established by a society, culture or institution.


A fair and permissive attitude towards people with different opinions, beliefs, practices, ethnic origins, etc., than your own.


Respect for people and for the things they value including property and culture.

Benefit of Doubt

Avoiding the temptation to rush to judgment without sufficient evidence.

Civil Dialogue

Respect for freedom of speech. This requires staying cool when people say things with which you strongly disagree to counter arguments on rational grounds.

Taking the High Road

The ability to remain civil in when faced with incivility.

Political Participation

Working within a society to change things you perceive as unjust. For example, voting and support for a political candidate.


Taking your accountability and responsibility to society seriously. For example, researching the issues before voting.


The word civility extends from the Latin civilis meaning "relating to citizens." Its earliest use related to being a good citizen. As such, civility is associated with the notion that you owe society more than it owes you.


Civility is a foundational type of social capital that is a basis for the economic performance and quality of life of a nation, region or city.
Overview: Civility
The demonstration of respect for people and society.
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Community Building
Community Life
Community Needs
Political Attitudes
Quality Of Life
Social Capital
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