civil service

noun

Definition of civil service

  1. :  the administrative service of a government or international agency exclusive of the armed forces; especially :  one in which appointments are determined by competitive examination

Circa 1770

First Known Use of civil service

circa 1770


CIVIL SERVICE Defined for Kids

civil service

noun

Definition of civil service for Students

  1. :  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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