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civil servant (plural civil servants)
- A person employed in the civil service; a government employee.
2013 August 10, Schumpeter, “Cronies and capitols”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
- Policing the relationship between government and business in a free society is difficult. Businesspeople have every right to lobby governments, and civil servants to take jobs in the private sector.