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Public

Pub´lic
a.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.
To the public good
Private respects must yield.
- Milton.
2.Open to the knowledge or view of all; general; common; notorious; as, public report; public scandal.
Joseph, . . . not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
- Matt. i. 19.
3.Open to common or general use; as, a public road; a public house.
public act
(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.
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.
The public is more disposed to censure than to praise.
- Addison.
2.A public house; an inn.
In public
openly; before an audience or the people at large; not in private or secrecy.
- Shak.
Noun1.public - people in general considered as a whole; "he is a hero in the eyes of the public"
Synonyms: populace, world
2.public - a body of people sharing some common interest; "the reading public"
Adj.1.public - not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole; "the public good"; "public libraries"; "public funds"; "public parks"; "a public scandal"; "public gardens"; "performers and members of royal families are public figures"
Antonyms:
private - confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy; "a private place"; "private discussions"; "private lessons"; "a private club"; "a private secretary"; "private property"; "the former President is now a private citizen"; "public figures struggle to maintain a private life"
2.public - affecting the people or community as a whole; "community leaders"; "community interests"; "the public welfare"

LAW, PUBLIC. A public law is one in which all persons have an interest.

POLICY, PUBLIC. By public policy is meant that which the law encourages for the promotion of the public good.
     2. That which is against public policy is generally unlawful. For example, to restrain an individual from marrying, or from engaging in business, when the restraint is general, in the first case, to all persons, and, in the second, to all trades, business, or occupations. But if the restraint be only partial, as that Titius shall not marry Moevia, or that Caius shall not engage in a particular trade in a particular town or, place, the restraint is not against public policy,, and therefore valid. 1 Story, Eq. Jur. Sec. 274. See Newl. Contr. 472.

PUBLIC. By the term the public, is meant the whole body politic, or all the citizens of the state; sometimes it signifies the inhabitants of a particular place; as, the New York public.
     2. A distinction has been made between the terms public and general, they are sometimes used as synonymous. The former term is applied strictly to that which concerns all the citizens and every member of the state; while the latter includes a lesser, though still a large portion of the community. Greenl. Ev. Sec. 128.
     3. When the public interests and its rights conflict with those of an individual, the latter must yield. Co. Litt. 181. if, for example, a road is required for public convenience, and in its course it passes on the ground occupied by a house, the latter must be torn down, however valuable it may be to the owner. In such a case both law and justice require that the owner shall be fully indemnified.
     4. This term is sometimes joined to other terms, to designate those things which have a relation to the public; as, a public officer, a public road, a public passage, a public house.

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