public nuisance
public nuisance see nuisance

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

public nuisance

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


public nuisance
An activity or thing that affects the health, safety, or morals of a community. It is distinguished from a private nuisance, which harms only a neighbor or a few individuals. For example, a factory that spews out clouds of noxious fumes is a public nuisance, but playing drums at three in the morning is a private nuisance bothering only the immediate neighbors.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

public nuisance
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

public nuisance
n.
   a nuisance which affects numerous members of the public or the public at large (how many people it takes to make a public is unknown), as distinguished from a nuisance which only does harm to a neighbor or a few private individuals. Example: a factory which spews out clouds of noxious fumes is a public nuisance but playing drums at three in the morning is a private nuisance bothering only the neighbors.
   See also: nuisance

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • public nuisance — public nuisances N COUNT: usu sing If something or someone is, or causes, a public nuisance, they break the law by harming or annoying members of the public. [LEGAL] ...the 45 day jail sentence he received for causing a public nuisance after… …   English dictionary

  • public nuisance — ► NOUN Brit. 1) an act that is illegal because it interferes with the rights of the public generally. 2) informal an obnoxious or dangerous person or group …   English terms dictionary

  • public nuisance — n 1.) law an action that is harmful to everyone 2.) someone who does things that annoy a lot of people …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • Public nuisance — For the law of tort, see nuisance In the English criminal law, public nuisance is a class of common law offence in which the injury, loss or damage is suffered by the local community as a whole rather than by individual victims.DiscussionSpencer… …   Wikipedia

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  • public nuisance — UK / US noun Word forms public nuisance : singular public nuisance plural public nuisances 1) [countable/uncountable] legal an activity that offends most of the people in a place, for example being noisy or showing offensive sexual behaviour 2)… …   English dictionary

  • public nuisance — noun (C) 1 law an action that is harmful to everyone: He committed a public nuisance by blocking the road. 2 a person who does things that annoy a lot of people …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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