Definition of Civil service

1. Noun. Government workers; usually hired on the basis of competitive examinations.

Specialized synonyms: Whitehall
Generic synonyms: Government Officials, Officialdom
Group relationships: Bureaucracy, Bureaucratism
Member holonyms: Civil Servant

Definition of Civil service

1. 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 ¹

2. 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. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Civil Service

civil liberties
civil liberty
civil marriage
civil order
civil partnerships
civil power
civil procedure
civil right
civil rights
civil rights activist
civil rights leader
civil rights worker
civil servant
civil servants
civil service (current term)
civil services
civil society
civil suit
civil suits
civil time
civil trial
civil twilight
civil unions
civil war
civil wars
civil wrong
civil wrongs
civil year

Literary usage of Civil service

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Year Book: A Record of Events and Progress by Francis Graham Wickware, (, Albert Bushnell Hart, (, Simon Newton Dexter North, William M. Schuyler (1918)
"The National Assembly of civil service Commissions held its tenth annual session at Boston, June 13-15. It is manifestly its duty to lay plans and furnish ..."

2. Theodore Roosevelt and His Time Shown in His Own Letters by Joseph Bucklin Bishop (1920)
"The conditions of the civil service at this time were such as to make the ... He had been an active and zealous advocate of civil service reform since the ..."

3. Calendar by Galway, University College, University College, Galway, Auckland University College (1899)
"The subjects of Examination for the Home civil service are substantially the same as those prescribed for the Indian civil service. ..."

4. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting (1892)
"We are to listen to-night to remarks on civil service reform from one whose official ... Theodore Roosevelt, United States civil service Commissioner. ..."

5. Bulletin of the American Library Association by American Library Association (1914)
"tion, it is most important that the examinations should be arranged under the authority and jurisdiction, and with the concurrence, of the civil service ..."

6. History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 by James Ford Rhodes (1906)
"Soon after the inauguration, it became evident that any reliance on Grant for the accomplishment of reform in the civil service was vain. ..."

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