Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
a system of hiring and promoting people to civil service positions on the basis of merit as determined by competitive examinations
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The system of appointing and promoting civil service personnel on the basis of merit rather than political affiliation or loyalty.