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civil service Line breaks: civil ser|vice

Definition of civil service in English:


The permanent professional branches of a state’s administration, excluding military and judicial branches and elected politicians: [as modifier]: civil service administrators
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  • The permanent bureaucracy of government, the civil service, took more and more control.
  • This is a central part of government policy, not just for the civil service, but for the public sector as a whole.
  • They were excluded from top jobs in politics, the civil service and the army.


Late 18th century: originally applied to the part of the work of the British East India Company performed by staff who did not belong to the army or navy.

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