Public versus Private

Main Entry:
1pub·lic           Listen to the pronunciation of 1public
Middle English publique, from Anglo-French, from Latin publicus; akin to Latin populus people
14th century
1 a: exposed to general view : open b: well-known , prominent c: perceptible , material2 a: of, relating to, or affecting all the people or the whole area of a nation or state <public law> b: of or relating to a government c: of, relating to, or being in the service of the community or nation3 a: of or relating to people in general : universal b: general , popular4: of or relating to business or community interests as opposed to private affairs : social5: devoted to the general or national welfare : humanitarian6 a: accessible to or shared by all members of the community b: capitalized in shares that can be freely traded on the open market —often used with go7: supported by public funds and private contributions rather than by income from commercials <public radio> <public television>
pub·lic·ness noun

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