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CPS (countable and uncountable, plural CPSes)

  1. (telecommunications) Initialism of characters per second.
    Alternative form: cps
  2. (video games) Initialism of clicks per second.
  3. (US) Initialism of child protective services.
  4. Initialism of clean plate syndrome.
  5. (US) Initialism of Current Population Survey.
  6. (computing) Initialism of cyber-physical system.
  7. (functional programming, uncountable) Initialism of continuation-passing style. [from 1975]

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  1. (UK, law) Initialism of Crown Prosecution Service.
    • 2020, Ben Aaronovitch, False Value, Gollancz, page 233:
      ‘Itʼs entrapment,’ said Silver. ‘The CPS wonʼt prosecute.’
    • 2023 April 23, Amelia Gentleman, “CPS includes ‘love-bombing’ in guidance on abusive partners prosecution”, in The Guardian[1], →ISSN:
      Big showering of affection at beginning of relationship can be used to confuse victims and gain control, CPS warns[.]
  2. (UK politics) Initialism of Centre for Policy Studies.
    • 2012 August 22, Andy Beckett, “Britannia Unchained: the rise of the new Tory right”, in The Guardian[2]:
      Last year, for example, Raab wrote a paper for the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) – since the birth of Thatcherism one of the radical right's fiercest thinktanks []