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civil service

noun
1.
those branches of public service concerned with all governmental administrative functions outside the armed services.
2.
the body of persons employed in these branches.
3.
a system or method of appointing government employees on the basis of competitive examinations, rather than by political patronage.
Origin of civil service
1775-1785
1775-85
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  • Its revocation left those and all branches of the civil service to be the prey of the spoils system.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 4 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • There's civil service to be gone through, and the like of that.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I dare say; all that about making a civil service, I suppose?

    An American Politician F. Marion Crawford
  • He had long had a great desire to enter the Imperial civil service.

    The Tribune of Nova Scotia W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
  • Well, you cannot expect a member of the civil service to write more than that.

    India for Indians C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
  • He got a reply that he must take a civil service examination to get the place.

    Plunkitt of Tammany Hall George Washington Plunkitt
  • civil service, the paid service done to the State, exclusive of that of the army and navy.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • The time is fast coming when civil service or the politicians will have to go.

    Plunkitt of Tammany Hall George Washington Plunkitt
British Dictionary definitions for civil service

civil service

noun
1.
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
2.
the members of the civil service collectively
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Word Origin and History for civil service
n.

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

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civil service in Culture

civil service definition


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

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Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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