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Definition of PUBLIC

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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 treasury. [1913 Webster]

              To the public good
              Private respects must yield.          --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              He [Alexander Hamilton] touched the dead corpse of the public credit, and it sprung upon its feet. --D. Webster. [1913 Webster]

     2. Open to the knowledge or view of all; general; common; notorious; as, public report; public scandal. [1913 Webster]

              Joseph, . . . not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. --Matt. i. 19. [1913 Webster]

     3. Open to common or general use; as, a public road; a public house. "The public street." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     {public act} or {public statute} (Law), an act or statute affecting matters of public concern. Of such statutes the courts take judicial notice.

     {Public credit}. See under {Credit}.

     {Public funds}. See {Fund}, 3.

     {Public house}, an inn, or house of entertainment.

     {Public law}.
        (a) See {International law}, under {International}. (b) A public act or statute.

     {Public nuisance}. (Law) See under {Nuisance}.

     {Public orator}. (Eng. Universities) See {Orator}, 3.

     {Public stores}, military and naval stores, equipments, etc.


     {Public works}, all fixed works built by civil engineers for public use, as railways, docks, canals, etc.; but strictly, military and civil engineering works constructed at the public cost. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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 disposed to censure than to praise.                               --Addison. [1913 Webster]

     2. A public house; an inn. [Scot.] --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

     {In public}, openly; before an audience or the people at large; not in private or secrecy. "We are to speak in public." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

310 Moby Thesaurus words for "public":
     Babbittish, Everyman, John Doe, Philistine, Public, accessible, acknowledged, adherent, admitted, affirmed, alehouse, announced, apparent, appendage, associated, attendant, audience, available, bar, barrel house, barroom, beer garden, beer parlor, bistro, blatant, blind tiger, boardinghouse, body politic, bourgeois, bourgeoisie, broadcast, brought to notice, buff, business, buyers, cabaret, cafe, campy, carriage trade, catholic, cavaliere servente, celebrated, circulated, citizenry, citizens, civic, civil, clear, clear-cut, clientage, clientele, cocktail lounge, collective, collectivistic, common, common knowledge, common man, common property, commonalty, commonly known, commonplace, commonwealth, communal, communistic, community, community at large, commutual, conjoint, conjunct, conspicuous, constituency, consumers, cooperative, cortical, cosmopolitan, courtier, cultural community, current, custom, dangler, declared, demos, dependent, diffused, disciple, disreputable, disseminated, distributed, dive, dorm, dormitory, doss house, dramshop, drinking saloon, dwellers, eminent, epidermic, estate, everybody, everyman, everyone, everywoman, exomorphic, exposed, exterior, external, extrinsic, familiar, famous, fan, flagrant, fleabag, flophouse, flunky, folk, folks, follower, followers, following, free, fringe, general, general public, gentry, gin mill, government, governmental, groggery, grogshop, guest house, habitancy, hackneyed, hanger-on, henchman, high-camp, hoi polloi, homely, homespun, homme de cour, honky-tonk, hospice, hostel, hostelry, hotel, household, illustrious, in circulation, in common, in print, in public, in the open, infamous, influential, inhabitants, inn, international, joint, kitschy, known, linguistic community, local, lodging house, low-camp, made public, make public, manifest, market, masses, men, middle class, multitude, municipal, mutual, nation, national, nationality, nightclub, notable, noted, notorious, obvious, open, openly, ordinary, out, outer, outermost, outlying, outmost, outside, outstanding, outward, outward-facing, overt, parasite, partisan, patent, patronage, pension, people, people at large, people in general, peripheral, persons, plain, platitudinous, plebeian, plebeians, polity, pop, populace, popular, population, portion, posada, pothouse, proclaimed, projected, proletariat, prominent, propagated, proverbial, pub, public house, publicly, publish, published, purchasing public, pursuer, pursuivant, rank and file, rathskeller, reciprocal, renowned, reported, roadhouse, rooming house, roundabout, rumshop, rural market, saloon, saloon bar, satellite, sectary, sector, seeming, segment, shadow, shared, social, socialistic, societal, society, speakeasy, special-interest group, speech community, spread, state, stated, stooge, suburban market, successor, suite, superficial, supporter, supranational, surface, tagtail, tail, talked-about, talked-of, taproom, tavern, telecast, televised, the citizenry, the general public, the people, the populace, the population, the public, third estate, trade, trainbearer, trite, truistic, unconcealed, universal, universally admitted, universally recognized, unrestricted, unshrouded, urban, vernacular, viewable, visible, votary, ward heeler, well-kenned, well-known, well-recognized, well-understood, whole people, widely known, widespread, wine shop, world, worldwide, you and me, youth market


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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