civ'il serv'ice

1. those branches of public service concerned with all governmental administrative functions outside the armed services.
2. the body of persons employed in these branches.
3. a system or method of appointing government employees on the basis of competitive examinations, rather than by political patronage.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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