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
branchesof governmentthat are not military, legislativeor judicial, but work to applyits lawsand regulations
- noun the body of
civilianemployees of any level of government, not subject to political appointment and removal, normally hired and promotedlargely on the basis of competitive examination.
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- noun government workers; usually hired on the basis of competitive examinations
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From civil + service.
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