civil servicecivil service
- all those employed in government administration except in the armed forces, legislature, or judiciary
- any government service in which a position is secured through competitive public examination
Origin of civil serviceorigin, originally applied to the civilian staff of the British East India Company
- Those branches of public service that are not legislative, judicial, or military and in which employment is usually based on competitive examination.
- The entire body of persons employed by the civil branches of a government.
- Alternative spelling of civil service.
(plural civil services)
- In parliamentary forms of government, the branches of government that are not military, legislative or judicial, but work to apply its laws and regulations
- 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.
- He's got a steady job in civil service.
The terms civil service may not include certain classes of government employees who are subject to special rules, such as police and other peace officers, fire fighters, and other uniformed services.