civil service


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

Examples of civil service in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lee represents a break with the past as the first chief executive with a career in the police force instead of a civil service or business background. Washington Post, 8 May 2022 Walter, meanwhile, secure in the civil service, retains a central role in the weapons buildup. Andrew Cockburn, Harper’s Magazine , 20 Jan. 2021 Having taken on the BBC, the civil service, Parliament and the Supreme Court, the government has now graduated to international law. The Economist, 12 Sep. 2020 By selecting Lee, Beijing has effectively sidelined Hong Kong’s civil service. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 Since Hong Kong returned to Chinese control in 1997, its four top leaders have come from either the business world or the city’s civil service. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 State government agencies lost more than 17% of their civil service employees in the last financial year. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2021 That next and last step would be a hearing before Oakland’s civil service board or in front of a third-party arbitrator. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Mar. 2021 Gerry Connolly, a Democrat, represents Virginia's 11th Congressional District and currently serves as the Chairman of the House's Government Operations Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the federal civil service. Gerry Connolly For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of civil service

circa 1770, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of civil service was circa 1770

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17 May 2022

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“Civil service.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of civil service

: 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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