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civil service

civil service

 
pronunciation:
sI vl suhr vihs
part of speech: noun
definition 1: any branch of government that is not part of the legislative, judicial, or military services.
definition 2: collectively, the people employed in these civil branches of government.
definition 3: a system of awarding government jobs on the basis of competitive examinations, rather than by appointment or election.
derivation: civil-service (adj.)