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 government: authorized by, administered by, or acting for the people as a political entity
public expenditures
the public prosecutor
c: of, relating to, or being in the service of the community or nation
holding public office
d: provided for, used by, or containing the records of a government agency
the post office and other public buildings
3: of or relating to people in general
4: of or relating to business or community interests as opposed to private affairs
a matter of public concern
5: devoted to the general or national welfare
actions motivated by public spirit
6: accessible to or shared by all members of the community
a public hearing
a public park compare private
7: capitalized in shares that can be freely traded on the open market
— often used with go
pub·lic·ly adv
public 2 n
1: a place accessible or visible to the public
— usu. used in the phrase in public
2: the people as a whole

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

public
I (affecting people) adjective civic, civil, collective, common, communal, country-wide, federal, general, government, governmental, municipal, national, nationwide, social, societal, state associated concepts: public authorities, public benefit, public benefit corporation, public business, public charge, public charity, public convenience, public corporation, public document, public function, public funds, public good, public improvements, public interest, public necessity, public notice, public nuisance, public office, public policy, public purpose, public safety, public sector, public service commission, public use, public utilities, public welfare, public works foreign phrases:
- Pacta privata juri publico derogare non possunt. — Private contracts cannot derogate from public right
- necessitas publica major est quam privata. — Public necessity is greater than private
- jura publica anteferenda privatis. — Public rights are to be preferred to private parts
- Privatum commodum publico cedtt. — Private good yields to public good.
- Privatum incommodum publico bono pensatur. — Private inconvenience is compensated for by public benefit
- Lex citius tolerare vult privatum damnum quam publicum malum. — The law would rather tolerate a private loss than a public evil
II (known) adjective acknowledged, aired, announced, apparent, broadcast, bruited about, circulated, commonly known, disclosed, disseminated, divulged, encyclic, encyclical, evident, exoteric, familiar, manifest, notorious, obvious, overt, popular, proclaimed, promulgated, propagated, publicus, published, recognized, released, renowned, reported, revealed, spread abroad, ventilated, well-known, widely known III (open) adjective accessible, approachable, attainable, available, community, free to all, not private, permitted, reachable, unbarred, unprohibited, unreserved, unrestricted associated concepts: public accommodations, public documents, public domain, public hearing, public institutions, public place, public property, public records, public sale IV noun body politic, citizenry, commonalty, commonwealth, community, folk, general public, homines, laymen, nation, persons, polity, populace, population, populus, social group, society associated concepts: public good, public use, public utility, public welfare V index blatant (conspicuous), civic, common (shared), competitive (open), conspicuous, famous, manifest, national, open (accessible), overt, patent, political, populace, population

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


public
adj.
(1) Concerning all people or an entire community.
(2) Shared; common to or belonging to all the members of a community.
(3) Done or provided by the government; involved in the government.
(4) Open; unconcealed.
n.
The citizenry; the community; all people.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


public
1) The body politic, or the people of a state, nation, or municipality.
2) Under the authority of the government or belonging and available to the people; not private. It may refer to an entity, agency, or activity. For example, there are both public and private schools, public and private utilities, public and private hospitals, public and private lands, and public and private roads.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations
Category: Nonprofits
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


public
As a noun, the whole body politic, or the aggregate of the citizens of a state, nation, or municipality.
The community at large, without reference to the geographical limits of any corporation like a city, town, or county; the people.
As an adjective, open to all; notorious. Open to common use. Belonging to the people at large; relating to or affecting the whole people of a state, nation, or community; not limited or restricted to any particular class of the community.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


public
As a noun, the whole body politic, or the aggregate of the citizens of a state, nation, or municipality.
 
The community at large, without reference to the geographical limits of any corporation like a city, town, or county; the people.
 
As an adjective, open to all; notorious. Open to common use. Belonging to the people at large; relating to or affecting the whole people of a state, nation, or community; not limited or restricted to any particular class of the community.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

public
   1) n. the people of the nation, state, county, district or municipality which the government serves.
   2) adj. referring to any agency, interest, property, or activity which is under the authority of the government or which belongs to the people. This distinguishes public from private interests as with public and private schools, public and private utilities, public and private hospitals, public and private lands and public and private roads.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • 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

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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… …   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

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