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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Those branches of public service that are not legislative, judicial, or military and in which employment is usually based on competitive examination.
  • noun The entire body of persons employed by the civil branches of a government.

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  • noun In parliamentary forms of government, the branches of government that are not military, legislative or judicial, but work to apply its laws and regulations
  • noun the body of civilian employees of any level of government, not subject to political appointment and removal, normally hired and promoted largely on the basis of competitive examination.

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  • noun government workers; usually hired on the basis of competitive examinations

Etymologies

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From civil + service.

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