a civil question deserves a civil answer

1853 T. C. HALIBURTON Sam Slick’s Wise Saws II. ii. Give a civil answer to a civil question.

1858 S. A. HAMMETT Piney Woods Tavern xxvii. The Squire there asked me a civil question, and that desarves a civil answer,—at least that’s manners where I come from.

1935 E. GREENWOOD Pins & Needles xi. ‘Thank you for those few words,’ Aunt said effusively. ‘I’ve got what I wanted—a civil answer to a civil question.’

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