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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
1775-1785
1775-85
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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
civil service
c.1785, originally in ref. 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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