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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Since that debate in the early 2000s, the party has welcomed capitalists to join its ranks, experimented with political reforms to professionalize the civil service and allowed an expansion of civil society—eroding the party’s dominance. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "Xi Capitalizes on Marx’s Legacy to Rally China Around Communist Party," 7 May 2018 LeBlanc asked civil service to consider a 10 percent boost from the new minimum salary for prison guards, from about 12.71 per hour to $13.98 per hour. Julia O'donoghue,, "Louisiana lawmaker on prison guards: 'You don't need a bunch of ladies guarding men'," 19 Mar. 2018 Since the late 19th century, Congress has extended civil service protection to the vast number of federal employees. David G. Savage,, "Supreme Court ducks decision on whether president has the power to fire any top federal official," 21 June 2018 Sheikh said his daughter was a hard-working and accomplished student who aspired to work in civil service, hoping one day to join Pakistan’s Foreign Office. Washington Post, "Father of Pakistani victim in Texas school shooting grieves," 21 May 2018 In response, Congress created a civil service in which hiring was based on merit, in the belief that only a workforce free from political interference could earn public trust. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "Trump vs. the “Deep State”," 14 May 2018 The Education Ministry is the country’s largest civil service employer. Mujib Mashal And Najim Rahim, New York Times, "A New Push Is On for Afghan Schools, but the Numbers Are Grim," 1 Apr. 2018 In 2014, voters agreed to make the city's human resources director a civil service employee. Robert Rhoden,, "Alabama man indicted on 6,547 child pornography charges: report," 25 May 2018 The Islamabad High Court ruling on Friday also requires that citizens take a religious oath upon joining the civil service, armed forces or judiciary. Fox News, "Pakistan court ruling against minorities draws criticism," 11 Mar. 2018

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circa 1770, in the meaning defined above

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: 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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