Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. In parliamentary forms of government, the branches of government that are not military, legislative or judicial, but work to apply its laws and regulations
  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. all service rendered to and paid for by the state or nation other than that pertaining to naval or military affairs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

From civil + service. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I think my political transformation began with my exposure to the business-as-usual attitude of many civil service bureaucrats during the war; then came the attempted Communist take-over of the picture business, which a lot of my liberal friends refused to admit ever happened; next, I had a brief experience living in a country that promised the kind of womb-to-tomb utopian benevolence a lot of these liberal friends wanted to bring to America.

    An American Life

  • He studied jurisprudence at Bonn, Heidelberg, and Berlin (1827-30), entered the Prussian civil service as ausculator (1830), travelled through France (1833) and Italy

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Stuhlweissenburg and Fuenfkirchen, he applied for a civil service position in Ofen but was unsuccessful.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The very next day Neil was back at Edwards, as his civil service orders called for his permanent change of station from the Flight Research Center to the Manned Spacecraft Center to be made not until between the eleventh and the thirteenth of the month.

    First Man

  • That playing down of the phrase foreign service was what civil service employees wanted.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • After Dad had been fired from Hood's Car Wash and before he took the civil service job, he'd invested in Uncle Jake's new business and worked the summer pouring cement into iron septic-tank forms.

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter

  • Trier (1844), visited England (1846), became chamber-president in the land court (1848) and counsel of appeal (1849) at Cologne until his retirement from civil service in 1875.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Kathy Dean, a civil service press officer was bouncing up and down in front of her.

    Conferences are Murder

  • This box operated on the civil service network and she must have keyed in trunks to connect up to the SSA network operating out to Mycenae.

    Behold the Stars

  • A few months later he got a civil service job repairing military weapons for the Anniston Army Depot.

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter

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