public
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English publique, from Anglo-French, from Latin publicus; akin to Latin populus people Date: 14th century 1. a. exposed to general view ; open b. well-known, prominent c. perceptible, material 2. a. of, relating to, or affecting all the people or the whole area of a nation or state <
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b. of or relating to a government c. of, relating to, or being in the service of the community or nation 3. a. of or relating to people in general ; universal b. general, popular 4. of or relating to business or community interests as opposed to private affairs ; social 5. devoted to the general or national welfare ; humanitarian 6. a. accessible to or shared by all members of the community b. capitalized in shares that can be freely traded on the open market — often used with go 7. supported by public funds and private contributions rather than by income from commercials <
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publicness noun II. noun Date: 15th century 1. a place accessible or visible to the public — usually used in the phrase in public 2. the people as a whole ; populace 3. a group of people having common interests or characteristics; specifically the group at which a particular activity or enterprise aims

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  • public — public, ique [ pyblik ] adj. et n. m. • 1239; lat. publicus I ♦ Adj. 1 ♦ Qui concerne le peuple pris dans son ensemble; qui appartient à la collectivité sociale, politique et en émane; qui appartient à l État ou à une personne administrative. La… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Public — is of or pertaining to the people; relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community; opposed to private; as, the public treasury, a road or lake. Public is also defined as the people of a nation not affiliated with the government of that… …   Wikipedia

  • public — pub·lic 1 adj 1 a: exposed to general view public indecency b: known or recognized by many or most people 2 a: of, relating to, or affecting all of the people or the whole area of a nation or state public statutes b: of or relating to a go …   Law dictionary

  • public — public, ique (pu blik, bli k ) adj. 1°   Qui appartient à tout un peuple, qui concerne tout un peuple. •   Le péril dont Rodrigue a su nous retirer, Et le salut public que vous rendent ses armes, CORN. Cid, IV, 2. •   Le bien public, CORN. Nicom …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Public — Pub lic, a. [L. publicus, poblicus, fr. populus people: cf. F. public. See {People}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the people; belonging to the people; relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community; opposed to {private}; as, the public… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • public — PÚBLIC, Ă, publici, ce, s.n. sg., adj. 1. s.n. sg. Colectivitate mare de oameni; mulţime, lume; spec. totalitatea persoanelor care asistă la un spectacol, la o conferinţă etc. ♢ loc. adj. şi adv. În public = (care are loc) în faţa unui anumit… …   Dicționar Român

  • public — PUBLIC. adj. Commun, qui appartient à tout un peuple, qui concerne tout un peuple. L interest public. l authorité publique. l utilité publique. le thresor public. les revenus publics. il est de l avantage public que cela soit. il est du bien… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • public — [pub′lik] adj. [ME < L publicus: altered (prob. infl. by pubes, adult) < poplicus, contr. of populicus, public < populus, the PEOPLE] 1. of, belonging to, or concerning the people as a whole; of or by the community at large [the public… …   English World dictionary

  • public — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of, concerning, or available to the people as a whole. 2) of or involved in the affairs of the community, especially in government or entertainment. 3) done, perceived, or existing in open view. 4) of or provided by the state… …   English terms dictionary

  • Public — Pub lic, n. 1. The general body of mankind, or of a nation, state, or community; the people, indefinitely; as, the American public; also, a particular body or aggregation of people; as, an author s public. [1913 Webster] The public is more… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • public — [adj1] community, general accessible, city, civic, civil, common, communal, conjoint, conjunct, country, federal, free, free to all, government, governmental, intermutual, metropolitan, municipal, mutual, national, not private, open, open door,… …   New thesaurus

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