Civil service reform
Reform Re*form", n. [F. r['e]forme.] Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; reformation; as, reform of elections; reform of government. [1913 Webster]

{Civil service reform}. See under {Civil}.

{Reform acts} (Eng. Politics), acts of Parliament passed in 1832, 1867, 1884, 1885, extending and equalizing popular representation in Parliament.

{Reform school}, a school established by a state or city government, for the confinement, instruction, and reformation of juvenile offenders, and of young persons of idle, vicious, and vagrant habits. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

Syn: Reformation; amendment; rectification; correction. See {Reformation}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Civil service reform — Civil Civ il, a. [L. civilis, fr. civis citizen: cf. F. civil. See {City}.] 1. Pertaining to a city or state, or to a citizen in his relations to his fellow citizens or to the state; within the city or state. [1913 Webster] 2. Subject to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Civil Service Reform — The substitution of business principles and methods for political methods in the conduct of the civil service. esp. the merit system instead of the spoils system in making appointments to office. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Civil service reform in developing countries — Civil service reform is a deliberate action to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, professionalism, representativity and democratic character of a civil service, with a view to promoting better delivery of public goods and services, with… …   Wikipedia

  • Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 — The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, (October 13, 1978, Pub.L. 95 454, 92 Stat. 1111) (CSRA), reformed the civil service of the United States federal government. The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 abolished the U.S. Civil Service… …   Wikipedia

  • Civil Service Reform President — Chester Alan Arthur …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act — Further information: James A. Garfield , Chester A. Arthur , and George H. Pendleton The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act (ch. 27, 22 Stat. 403) of United States is a federal law established in 1883 that stipulated that… …   Wikipedia

  • National Civil Service Reform League — The National Civil Service Reform League was a non profit organization[citation needed] in the United States founded in 1881 for the purpose of investigating the efficiency of the civil service. Largely through its influence many important civil… …   Wikipedia

  • Father of Civil Service Reform — George Hunt Pendleton …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • Civil service — Civil Civ il, a. [L. civilis, fr. civis citizen: cf. F. civil. See {City}.] 1. Pertaining to a city or state, or to a citizen in his relations to his fellow citizens or to the state; within the city or state. [1913 Webster] 2. Subject to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Civil service — Not to be confused with civilian service. The term civil service has two distinct meanings: A branch of governmental service in which individuals are employed on the basis of professional merit as proven by competitive examinations. The body of… …   Wikipedia

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