civil service

noun
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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 Students

: 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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