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Removed definitions[edit]

I speedy-removed the two following definitions

  1. (public service) that which is provided by the government or its agents
    The Job Centre provides a service to the unemployed.
  2. (religion) Doing something for someone else without thought of reward or payment.

The first one is just an example of the 'economic' sense, and the second looks like tosh. I suspect it's just use of the first definition. Mglovesfun (talk) 11:40, 13 August 2010 (UTC)

RFD discussion: April 2013–March 2014[edit]

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rfd of the sense:

  1. An event in which an entity takes the responsibility that something desirable happens on the behalf of another entity.

Added as the one and only edit of this editor. It looks like an attempt to combine multiple senses by removing references to anything specific. Instead, it's so vague and abstract as to be meaningless. Chuck Entz (talk) 23:48, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

The definition cannot be all wrong. It has been around unchanged since 2008, and it has survived, among other English Wiktionary dignitaries, the inspection of Semperblotto, who does not hesitate to kill dubious senses at sight. More seriously, if it were simply deleted we would be missing a sense which defines service as an individual act, as e.g. in:
  • American Heritage Dictionary: "An act of assistance or benefit; a favor: My friend did me a service in fixing the door."
  • Collins: "an act of help or assistance"
  • Merriam Webster: "a helpful act <did him a service>"
Thus, I'd say keep, rewrite. --Hekaheka (talk) 22:56, 3 October 2013 (UTC)

I edited the definition and declare this discussion closed. --Hekaheka (talk) 16:02, 26 March 2014 (UTC)