a civil question deserves a civil answer

a civil question deserves a civil answer

proverb If someone asks a reasonable question, then it warrants an answer. Often used as a reprimand. Why won't you answer me, Alice? A civil question deserves a civil answer! All Jim did was ask about your day. Come on, a civil question deserves a civil answer. A: "Hey, I wasn't trying to troll you, I asked because I'm genuinely curious." B: "Well, in that case, I guess a civil question deserves a civil answer."
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