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English definition of “civil service”

civil service

noun [S]
 
 
GOVERNMENT
the employees and departments of a country's government that are not part of its military: After joining the Civil Service she traveled around the world teaching English. The country has introduced a performance-based compensation system for its civil service. His father encouraged him to pursue a military career or a civil service job with state government.
(Definition of civil service from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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