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 for Civil service reform
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     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.]
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     Syn: Reformation; amendment; rectification; correction. See
          Reformation.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. Subject to government; reduced to order; civilized; not
        barbarous; -- said of the community.
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              England was very rude and barbarous; for it is but
              even the other day since England grew civil.
                                                    --Spenser.
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     3. Performing the duties of a citizen; obedient to
        government; -- said of an individual.
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              Civil men come nearer the saints of God than others;
              they come within a step or two of heaven. --Preston
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     4. Having the manners of one dwelling in a city, as opposed
        to those of savages or rustics; polite; courteous;
        complaisant; affable.
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     Note: "A civil man now is one observant of slight external
           courtesies in the mutual intercourse between man and
           man; a civil man once was one who fulfilled all the
           duties and obligations flowing from his position as a
           'civis' and his relations to the other members of that
           'civitas.'" --Trench
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     5. Pertaining to civic life and affairs, in distinction from
        military, ecclesiastical, or official state.
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     6. Relating to rights and remedies sought by action or suit
        distinct from criminal proceedings.
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     Civil action, an action to enforce the rights or redress
        the wrongs of an individual, not involving a criminal
        proceeding.
  
     Civil architecture, the architecture which is employed in
        constructing buildings for the purposes of civil life, in
        distinction from military and naval architecture, as
        private houses, palaces, churches, etc.
  
     Civil death. (Law.) See under Death.
  
     Civil engineering. See under Engineering.
  
     Civil law. See under Law.
  
     Civil list. See under List.
  
     Civil remedy (Law), that given to a person injured, by
        action, as opposed to a criminal prosecution.
  
     Civil service, all service rendered to and paid for by the
        state or nation other than that pertaining to naval or
        military affairs.
  
     Civil service reform, the substitution of business
        principles and methods for the spoils system in the
        conduct of the civil service, esp. in the matter of
        appointments to office.
  
     Civil state, the whole body of the laity or citizens not
        included under the military, maritime, and ecclesiastical
        states.
  
     Civil suit. Same as Civil action.
  
     Civil war. See under War.
  
     Civil year. See under Year.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Civil Service Reform \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.]

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