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Definition of Public


  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.
  2. Open to the knowledge or view of all; general; common; notorious; as, public report; public scandal.
  3. Open to common or general use; as, a public road; a public house.
  4. 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.
  5. A public house; an inn.

Public Quotations

Understand, our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day. They've got a tough job to do to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break the law.
Barack Obama

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
Bryan White

The modern view of criminal justice, broadly, is that public concern with morality or expediency decrees expiation for the violation of a norm; this concern finds expression in the infliction of punishment on the evil doer by agents of the state, the evil doer, however, enjoying the protection of a regular procedure.
Max Weber

One of the lessons learned during the Vietnam War was that the depiction of wounded soldiers, of coffins stacked higher than their living guards, had a negative effect on the viewing public. The military in Iraq specifically banned the photographing of wounded soldiers and coffins, thus sanitizing this terrible and bloody conflict.
Walter Dean Myers

It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.
H. L. Mencken
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Public Translations

public in Afrikaans is publiek
public in Danish is offentlig
public in Dutch is openbaar, openlijk, ruchtbaar, publiek
public in French is universel, public
public in Italian is pubblico, pubblico
public in Latin is publicus
public in Swedish is statlig, offentlig, publik
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