those branches of public service concerned with all governmental administrative functions outside the armed services.
the body of persons employed in these branches.
a system or method of appointing government employees on the basis of competitive examinations, rather than by political patronage.
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How to use civil service in a sentence
It also eliminates the Schedule F classification which took away protections for some civil service employees.Union Membership Declined Again Last Year. But Here’s Why 2021 Could Be Good for Organized Labor | Abigail Abrams | January 22, 2021 | Time
Their responses have been eye-opening, everything from reimagining capitalism to launching a domestic draft civil service.
He resegregated the federal civil service after decades of integration.Today in D.C.: Headlines to start your Wednesday in D.C., Maryland and Virginia | Dana Hedgpeth, Teddy Amenabar | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
So there was real suspicion of the civil service, that we were not making the kinds of recommendations that Lighthizer would want to hear.Robert Lighthizer Blew Up 60 Years of Trade Policy. Nobody Knows What Happens Next. | by Lydia DePillis | October 13, 2020 | ProPublica
The newspaper said De Croo also appointed De Sutter, a member of Groen, the Flemish Green Party, as his civil service minister.Transgender woman named deputy Belgian prime minister | Michael K. Lavers | October 5, 2020 | Washington Blade
Paxman suspects that former British Home Secretary Michael Howard had interfered in an internal civil-service disciplinary matter.
The particular reform that irked Conkling was the then-novel proposal to eliminate patronage in federal civil service hiring.
The pair will reportedly wed in a small civil service in London next month.Christopher Bailey Is Getting Hitched; Ann Romney Snubbed Anna Wintour | The Daily Beast | August 31, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I did apply for the civil service when I was at college,” said Iannucci.Armando Iannucci on HBO’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus Political Comedy ‘Veep’ | Jace Lacob | April 17, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Aware that a prestigious career in the civil service was now closed to him, Hong experienced searing visions for the next 40 days.'Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom' by Stephen R. Platt: Review | Ross Perlin | March 9, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the good old days of yore there was little trouble in obtaining admission to the civil service.
American soldiers who have less than six months to serve can apply for permission to be examined for the civil service.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The fact that she was not surrounded by any soldiers or civil service men shows that she has nothing to fear from assassins.Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian
Others of less merit were detached for the civil service, and in that also their careers were at the imperial mercy.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
He will see a whole civil service turned into a bureau of information, a department of espionage.The Onlooker, Volume 1, Part 2 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for civil service
the service responsible for the public administration of the government of a country. It excludes the legislative, judicial, and military branches. Members of the civil service have no official political allegiance and are not generally affected by changes of governments
the members of the civil service collectively
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Cultural definitions for civil service
The nonmilitary personnel who work for a government, applying its laws and regulations.
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