ci-vil-i-ty / sĭ-vĭl-ĭ-tē
1. graciousness towards others, courtesy, politeness
Civility costs nothing, and buys everything.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 1689-1792
2. an act of consideration for others
The civilities of the great are never thrown away.
Samuel Johnson, 1709 – 1784
Through the Middle English and Old French noun civilite (politeness, civility) from the Latin noun civilitas (the science of politics, behavior appropriate for a citizen, politic action), a combination of the adjective civilis (belonging to a citizen [civis]) and the abstract-noun-forming suffix –tas.
Thank you to Allen Ward for providing this etymology.