Civil

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Civil

Post by Archived Topic » Wed Feb 10, 1999 12:00 am

What is the origin of the word "Civil" as in Civil Engineering ? Is it related in any ways to Seville, Spain ?
Submitted by Aladdin Nassar (Mountain View - U.S.A.)
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Civil

Post by Jonathon Green » Fri Feb 12, 1999 8:00 am

No, no, no. It comes from Latin 'civis', a citizen.
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