Definitions for public
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word public.
populace, public, worldnoun
people in general considered as a whole
"he is a hero in the eyes of the public"
a body of people sharing some common interest
"the reading 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"
affecting the people or community as a whole
"community leaders"; "community interests"; "the public welfare"
The people in general, regardless of membership of any particular group.
Members of the public may not proceed beyond this point.
Able to be seen or known by everyone; open to general view, happening without concealment.
Pertaining to all the people as a whole (as opposed a private group); concerning the whole country, community etc.
Officially representing the community; carried out or funded by the state on behalf of the community.
Open to all members of a community; especially, provided by national or local authorities and supported by money from taxes.
Traded publicly via a stock market.
Etymology: From publik, public, public, publique et al., and their source, publicus, alteration (probably after pubes) of populicus, from populus. Compare people.
In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) is the totality of such groupings. This is a different concept to the sociological concept of the Öffentlichkeit or public sphere. The concept of a public has also been defined in political science, psychology, marketing, and advertising. In public relations and communication science, it is one of the more ambiguous concepts in the field. Although it has definitions in the theory of the field that have been formulated from the early 20th century onwards, and suffered more recent years from being blurred, as a result of conflation of the idea of a public with the notions of audience, market segment, community, constituency, and stakeholder.https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cn_xdtIjrrQ/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
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
open to the knowledge or view of all; general; common; notorious; as, public report; public scandal
open to common or general use; as, a public road; a public house
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
a public house; an inn
Etymology: [L. publicus, poblicus, fr. populus people: cf. F. public. See People.]
In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public is the totality of such groupings. This is a different concept to the sociological concept of the Öffentlichkeit or public sphere. The concept of a public has also been defined in political science, psychology, marketing, and advertising. In public relations and communication science, it is one of the more ambiguous concepts in the field. Although it has definitions in the theory of the field that have been formulated from the early 20th century onwards, it has suffered in more recent years from being blurred, as a result of conflation of the idea of a public with the notions of audience, market segment, community, constituency, and stakeholder. The name "public" originates with the Latin "populus" or "poplicus", and in general denotes some mass population in association with some matter of common interest. So in political science and history, a public is a population of individuals in association with civic affairs, or affairs of office or state. In social psychology, marketing, and public relations, a public has a more situational definition. John Dewey defined a public as a group of people who, in facing a similar problem, recognize it and organize themselves to address it. Dewey's definition of a public is thus situational: people organized about a situation. Built upon this situational definition of a public is the situational theory of publics by James E. Grunig, which talks of nonpublics, latent publics, aware publics, and active publics.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pub′lik, adj. of or belonging to the people: pertaining to a community or a nation: general: common to or shared in by all: generally known.—n. the people: the general body of mankind: the people, indefinitely: a public-house, tavern.—ns. Pub′lican, the keeper of an inn or public-house: (orig.) a farmer-general of the Roman taxes: a tax-collector; Publicā′tion, the act of publishing or making public: a proclamation: the act of printing and sending out for sale, as a book: that which is published as a book, &c.—ns.pl. Pub′lic-bills, -laws, &c., bills, laws, &c. which concern the interests of the whole people; Pub′lic-funds, money lent to government for which interest is paid of a stated amount at a stated time.—ns. Pub′lic-house, a house open to the public: one chiefly used for selling beer and other liquors: an inn or tavern; Pub′lic-institū′tion, an institution kept up by public funds for the public use, as an educational or charitable foundation; Pub′licist, one who writes on or is skilled in public law, or on current political topics; Public′ity, the state of being public or open to the knowledge of all: notoriety; Pub′lic-law (see International).—adv. Pub′licly.—adjs. Pub′lic-mind′ed, -spir′ited, having a spirit actuated by regard to the public interest: with a regard to the public interest.—ns. Pub′licness; Pub′lic-opin′ion, the view which the people of a district or county take of any question of public interest; Pub′lic-pol′icy, the main principles or spirit upon which the law of a country is constructed; Pub′lic-spir′it, a strong desire and effort to work on behalf of the public interest.—adv. Pub′lic-spir′itedly.—n. Pub′lic-spir′itedness.—n.pl. Pub′lic-works, permanent works or improvements made for public use or benefit.—Public health, the department in any government, municipality, &c. which superintends sanitation; Public holiday, a general holiday ordained by parliament; Public lands, lands belonging to government, esp. such as are open to sale, grant, &c.; Public orator, an officer of English universities who is the voice of the Senate upon all public occasions; Public school (see School).—In public, in open view. [Fr.,—L. publicus—populus, the people.]
Accessible to people.
Members of the public can choose to either have their online profiles public or private.
Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020
The population of a country.
The public have a right to have a say in the running of their country - democracy is a form of power to the people i.e. the public.
Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020
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Rank popularity for the word 'public' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #286
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Rank popularity for the word 'public' in Written Corpus Frequency: #806
Rank popularity for the word 'public' in Nouns Frequency: #470
Rank popularity for the word 'public' in Adjectives Frequency: #29
The numerical value of public in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of public in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
This veto, along with the president’s increasing public skepticism about Keystone XL ... makes us more confident than ever that (the) president will reject the permit itself once and for all.
We have n’t seen a public health emergency like this in the last century, it’s time for us to rethink our assumptions, and consider options we had n’t seen before. Unlike similar efforts by other cities, the injection sites would not need City Council approval because they would be privately run. According to Philadelphia Public Health drug-related overdose deaths began to spoke in 2015 with the presence of fetanyl. ( Fox News) The sites would give drug addicts a safe haven to shoot up and would offer sterile injection equipment, including needles, and Naloxone. Fox News would also give referrals to treatment centers, social services clinics and wound care facilities. The idea comes as a paradigm shift in the nation’s effort to stem the tide of opioid-related deaths.Seattle and New York have been among places that have mulled similar measures, but the efforts stalled because of either legal or bureaucratic hurdles. Canada and Europe have operated similar types of facilities for the last few decades.
We could go public right now if we wanted but strategically and operationally it is best to stay private for now because we are well-financed and having a laser focus on execution when you are getting ready to launch a diabetes drug is a big benefit, at some point I'm sure we will be a public company. We hope when we do that we will have launched our first medicine and we have multiple exciting products coming through in the pipeline.
We've had a lot of success with private schools, where the money isn't the issue, in Charleston, I've gotten calls from public school parents willing to buy them for the school but it won't be allowed.
The 287(g) program is extremely helpful as it allows local law enforcement agencies to participate as an active partner in identifying criminal aliens in their custody, and placing ICE detainers on these individuals, removing criminal aliens from our communities produces a higher level of public safety.
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- علني, جمهور, عام, عموميArabic
- públicCatalan, Valencian
- veřejnost, veřejnýCzech
- öffentlich, Publikum, ÖffentlichkeitGerman
- κοινο-, κοινό, κοινός, δημόσιοςGreek
- yleisö, julkinen, pörssi, julkisoikeudellinen, yleinenFinnish
- daoine, poiblí, pobalIrish
- sluagh, poblachScottish Gaelic
- piblikHaitian Creole
- köz, közösségi, nagyközönség, nyilvános, nyilvánosságHungarian
- khalayak, umum, terbukaIndonesian
- vulgus, publicumLatin
- mārakerake, tūmatanui, o te katoa, marea, marakeMāori
- staats-, openbaar, overheids-, publiekDutch
- allmenn, offentlig, allmenntNorwegian
- público, estatalPortuguese
- общественность, народ, публичный, общественный, публикаRussian
- javni, publika, javnostSerbo-Croatian
- allmän, offentlig, statlig, allmänhetSwedish
- ప్రజలు, వేలం, ప్రజా, బాహాటము, ప్రభుత్వ నిధిTelugu
- halka açıkTurkish
- công cộngVietnamese
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