Pronunciation: (sOO'pur-grād"), [key]
—n. U.S. Govt.
1. a high-level rank, Grade 16, 17, or 18, in the federal civil service.
2. a government employee having such a rank.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of such a rank or employee.
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