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

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Recent Examples on the Web That didn’t stop Nunes from deriding them as being part of a smear campaign from within the civil service., "WASHINGTON — Wednesday’s start of public impeachment hearings in Congress marked the first time that the American public could watch and listen to the witnesses whose testimony is at the core of the Democrats’ investigation.," 14 Nov. 2019 In March, the 25-year-old took the civil service exam to become a firefighter in New Jersey's second-largest city, according to The Associated Press. Vanna Quiroz, CBS News, "Bruce Springsteen's son is becoming a firefighter in New Jersey," 2 Aug. 2019 The government contractor provides management and technology advice to defense, intelligence, and civil service agencies. Fortune, "Booz Allen Hamilton," 1 July 2019 In 1973, New York gave out its first gender-neutral civil service exam, according to the Policewoman’s Endowment Association, an official NYPD organization for women. Joseph Spector, USA TODAY, "New York may make 'fireman' and 'policeman' terms more gender-neutral in honor of women," 5 May 2018 The city changed its civil service exam last year, and the exam is being digitized so it can be processed quicker, Rusovich said. Emily Lane,, "Why New Orleans still doesn't have enough police officers," 6 Apr. 2018 Li Shangyin, translation by Chloe Garcia Roberts A collection of poems from a poet who had a bad civil service career in China’s late Tang dynasty, a time full of chaos. Amanda Shendruk, Quartzy, "Here’s what every Chinese book recently translated for the US is about," 27 July 2019 The call was not considered during the administrative investigation or civil service hearing for the deputy because it was recorded without Mandoyan’s consent. Maya Lau,, "Chief watchdog questions L.A. County Sheriff Villanueva’s decision to rehire fired deputy," 9 July 2019 New York state’s Democratic comptroller and unions representing civil service workers oppose a bill in the Legislature to ban fossil fuel investments by the state pension fund. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "Calpers’ Dilemma: Save the World or Make Money?," 16 June 2019

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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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25 Nov 2019

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“Civil service.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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