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Public, adj, 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, n, is also defined as the people of a nation not affiliated with the government of that nation.

Public to the general body of mankind or of a nation, state, or community; the people, indefinitely; as, the public; also, a particular body or aggretion of people; as, an author's public. "Public network" means a network that is regulated as a common carrier.

Aggens (1983) in the paper titled "Identifying different levels of public interest in participation" states: "There is no single public, but different levels of public based on differing levels of interest and ability".

Selected bibliography

  1. Dewey, John. Public & Its Problems, Swallow Press, June 1954, ISBN 0-8040-0254-1.
  2. Habermas, Jürgen. The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society, (Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought), The MIT Press; Reprint edition, August 28, 1991, ISBN 0-262-58108-6.
  3. Habermas, Jürgen. The Theory of Communicative Action, Volume 2: Lifeword and System: A Critique of Functionalist Reason, Thomas McCarthy (Translator), Beacon Press; Reprint edition, 1987, ISBN 0-8070-1401-X.
  4. Hannay, Alastair. On the Public, Routledge; 1 edition, July 13, 2005, ISBN 0-415-32792-X.
  5. Kierkegaard, Soren. A Literary Review (Penguin Classics), Alastair Hannay (Translator), Penguin Classics, March 26, 2002, ISBN 0-14-044801-2.
  6. Lippmann, Walter. The Phantom Public (Library of Conservative Thought), Transaction Publishers; Reprint edition, January 1, 1993, ISBN 1-56000-677-3.
  7. Mayhew, Leon H. The New Public: Professional Communication and the Means of Social Influence, (Cambridge Cultural Social Studies), Cambridge University Press, September 28, 1997, ISBN 0-521-48493-6.
  8. Sennett, Richard. The Fall of Public Man W. W. Norton & Company; Reissue edition, June 1992, ISBN 0-393-30879-0.

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also públic

Contents

English

Most common English words: thus « order « near « #286: public » others » anything » matter

Etymology

From Old French < Latin publicus (pertaining to the people), contr. from *populicus < populus (people); see people.

Pronunciation

Adjective

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Positive
public

Comparative
more public

Superlative
most public

  1. Pertaining to the affairs or official affairs of all people, not just those of a private group; contrasted with private.
  2. Open to all.
  3. Funded by the government.
  4. (of a company) Traded publicly via a stock market.

Antonyms

Derived terms

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Translations

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Noun

Singular
public

Plural
publics

public (plural publics)

  1. The people in general, regardless of membership of any particular group.
    Members of the public may not proceed beyond this point.
    • 2007 May 4, Martin Jacques, The Guardian
      Bush and Blair stand condemned by their own publics and face imminent political extinction.

Usage notes

  • Although generally considered uncountable, this noun does also have countable useage, as in the citation above.

Derived terms

Translations

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External links

  • public in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • public in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

French

Etymology 1

From Latin publicus.

Adjective

public m. (f. publique, m. plural publics, f. plural publiques)

  1. Public

Etymology 2

Noun use of public (cf Latin publicum).

Noun

public m. (plural publics)

  1. Public (people in general)
  2. audience
    Il devait plaire à son public.
    He had to please his audience

Simple English

The word Public can mean different things.

  • It can be an adjective. In that case it refers to something which belongs to all members of a certain group of people. E.g. a public road.
  • As a noun it can refer to a group of people.









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