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civil service

those branches of public service concerned with all governmental administrative functions outside the armed services.
the body of persons employed in these branches.
a system or method of appointing government employees on the basis of competitive examinations, rather than by political patronage.
Origin of civil service
1775-85 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for civil service
  • It has been, and is, my earnest desire to correct abuses that have grown up in the civil service of the country.
  • The civil service can never be placed on a satisfactory basis until it is regulated by law.
  • As a means to this end, civil service reform should be in good faith enforced.
  • He discussed ways in which the poor could be trained for civil service jobs.
  • They were more likely to have risen through the military or civil service, as opposed to having inherited their status.
  • These folks aren't inclined to run for city council or seek jobs in the civil service.
  • The reformers wanted an end to patronage hiring in the civil service.
  • civil service jobs are available in every state, and many of those jobs offer good benefits and flexible schedules.
  • Talent from the private sector is recruited into both the civil service and politics.
  • Yes there is bizarre grand abuses of the taxpayer with unions in civil service jobs.
British Dictionary definitions for civil service

civil service

the service responsible for the public administration of the government of a country. It excludes the legislative, judicial, and military branches. Members of the civil service have no official political allegiance and are not generally affected by changes of governments
the members of the civil service collectively
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Word Origin and History for civil service

c.1785, originally in reference to non-military staff of the East India Company. Civil servant is from 1800.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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civil service in Culture

civil service definition

The nonmilitary personnel who work for a government, applying its laws and regulations.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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