public service


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public service

n.
1. Employment within a governmental system, especially within the civil service.
2. A service performed for the benefit of the public, especially by a nonprofit organization.
3. The business of supplying an essential commodity, such as water or electricity, or a service, such as communications or transportation, to the public.

pub′lic-ser′vice adj.

public service

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. government employment
b. the management and administration of the affairs of a political unit, esp the civil service
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. a service provided for the community: buses provide a public service.
b. (as modifier): a public-service announcement.
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Austral and NZ the service responsible for the public administration of the government of a country. It excludes the legislative, judicial, and military branches. Members of the public service have no official political allegiance and are not generally affected by changes of governments. British equivalent: civil service

pub′lic serv′ice


n.
1. the business of supplying an essential commodity, as electricity, or a service, as transportation, to the general public.
2. government employment; civil service.
3. a service to the public rendered without charge by a profit-making organization.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.public service - a service that is performed for the benefit of the public or its institutionspublic service - a service that is performed for the benefit of the public or its institutions
service - an act of help or assistance; "he did them a service"
2.public service - employment within a government system (especially in the civil service)
employment, work - the occupation for which you are paid; "he is looking for employment"; "a lot of people are out of work"
minister - the job of a head of a government department
Translations
közszolgálatiközszolgáltatás

public service

n (Civil Service) → amministrazione f pubblica
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Two Politicians were exchanging ideas regarding the rewards for public service.
The ordinary power of appointment is confined to the President and Senate JOINTLY, and can therefore only be exercised during the session of the Senate; but as it would have been improper to oblige this body to be continually in session for the appointment of officers and as vacancies might happen IN THEIR RECESS, which it might be necessary for the public service to fill without delay, the succeeding clause is evidently intended to authorize the President, SINGLY, to make temporary appointments "during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session.
The father--he is called Gorshkov--is a little grey-headed tchinovnik who, seven years ago, was dismissed from public service, and now walks about in a coat so dirty and ragged that it hurts one to see it.
In the second place, they will enter into the public service under circumstances which cannot fail to produce a temporary affection at least to their constituents.
In vain his godfather offered to him a place in the public service, -- in vain did he try to give him a taste for glory, -- although Cornelius, to gratify his godfather, did embark with De Ruyter upon "The Seven Provinces," the flagship of a fleet of one hundred and thirty-nine sail, with which the famous admiral set out to contend singlehanded against the combined forces of France and England.
In consideration of this eminent public service, the Barnacle then in power had recommended the Crown to bestow a pension of two or three hundred a-year on his widow; to which the next Barnacle in power had added certain shady and sedate apartments in the Palaces at Hampton Court, where the old lady still lived, deploring the degeneracy of the times in company with several other old ladies of both sexes.
They will, in a word, attend to those innumerable trifles that make the perfection of public service.
For with deliberate self-sacrifice he now turned from poetry to prose essays, because he felt that through the latter medium he could render what seemed to him a more necessary public service.
The present was not the right time for attempting that feat, not the right time for many reasons, personal and of public service.
But, if Homer never did any public service, was he privately a guide or teacher of any?
Who is likely to invite a stranger from a foreign country, unless it be one of those who can do public service as a seer, a healer of hurts, a carpenter, or a bard who can charm us with his singing?
The demagogues, to curry favour with the people, drive the nobles to conspire together, either by dividing their estates, or obliging them to spend them on public services, or by banishing them, that they may confiscate the fortunes of the wealthy.

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