US: /ˈsɪvəɫ/
UK: /sˈɪvə‍l/

English Vietnamese dictionary

civil /'sivl/
  • tính từ
    • (thuộc) công dân
      • civil rights: quyền công dân
    • (thuộc) thường dân (trái với quân đội)
    • (thuộc) bên đời (trái với bên đạo)
      • civil marriage: cuộc kết hôn không theo lễ nghi tôn giáo
    • (pháp lý) hộ (thuộc) dân sự (trái với hình)
      • civil law: luật hộ, luật dân sự
    • lễ phép, lễ độ, lịch sự
    • thường
      • civil day: ngày thường (trái với ngày thiên văn)
    • Civil Defence
      • tổ chức phòng không nhân dân
    • civil disobedience
      • (Ân) phong trào chống thuế, chống luật pháp
    • civil list
      • tiền nghị viện cấp cho nhà vua Anh
    • to keep a civil tongue in one's head
      • giữ lễ phép, giữ lễ độ

Advanced English dictionary

+ adjective
1 [only before noun] connected with the people who live in a country: civil unrest (= that is caused by groups of people within a country)
See also - CIVIL WAR
2 [only before noun] connected with the state rather than with religion or with the armed forces: a civil marriage ceremony
3 [only before noun] involving personal legal matters and not criminal law: a civil court
See also - CIVIL LAW
4 polite in a formal way but possibly not friendly: The less time I have to spend being civil to him the better!
Antonym: UNCIVIL
civilly adverb: She greeted him civilly but with no sign of affection.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 civilian, non-military, lay, laic, laical, secular:
There is a distinction between civil law and canon law.
2 domestic, internal; public:
The economic conditions have led to civil strife.
3 polite, courteous, respectful, well-mannered, proper, civilized, cordial, formal, courtly, urbane, polished, refined:
They are civil enough, but I always have the feeling they really despise tourists.

Collocation dictionary


be | become


extremely, remarkably, very | perfectly, quite


The teachers were all quite civil to me.

Concise English dictionary

+applying to ordinary citizens
+not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others
+of or occurring within the state or between or among citizens of the state
+of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals
+(of divisions of time) legally recognized in ordinary affairs of life
+of or in a condition of social order