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community service

noun, Law.
1.
a punitive sentence that requires a convicted person to perform unpaid work for the community in lieu of imprisonment.
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Examples from the web for community service
  • community service is work performed by an offender for the benefit of the community as a formal or informal sanction.
  • The team usually works with other local service groups or high school students looking to fulfill community service hours.
  • Tells about his community service work, which was extensive.
  • Typically, buyers spend a night in jail and are sentenced to a few days of community service.
  • Rather than host the usual protest, these librarians chose to do what librarians do best: they provided a community service.
  • Vick should to community service caring for all animals that have been treated cruelly.
  • Required community service may do some good for the community and the welfare recipient's self-esteem.
  • If a tax were imposed, stations' critical community service efforts could be reduced.
  • Stoically, she settled for a modest post in the state's department of education, steering high-schoolers to community service.
  • Instead, they have been allowed to spend that time doing community service.
British Dictionary definitions for community service

community service

noun
1.
voluntary work, intended to be for the common good, usually done as part of an organized scheme
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