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civil service

noun

Definition of CIVIL SERVICE

:  the administrative service of a government or international agency exclusive of the armed forces; especially :  one in which appointments are determined by competitive examination
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First Known Use of CIVIL SERVICE

circa 1770
CIVIL SERVICE Defined for Kids

civil service

noun

Definition of CIVIL SERVICE for Kids

:  the branch of a government that takes care of the business of running the government and its programs but that does not include the legislature, the military, or the courts

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