a lawyer appointed or elected by a city or county as a full-time, official defender to represent indigents in criminal cases at public expense.
(in the US) a lawyer engaged at public expense to represent indigent defendants
public defender definition
An attorney who is appointed and paid by a court to defend poor persons who cannot afford a lawyer.
- Public diplomacy
noun any of the ways in which a country or organization such as the United Nations communicates with citizens in other societies, as opposed to diplomacy carried out between national governments Examples Arranging student exchange programs, hosting seminars, and meeting with foreign business and academic leaders are all considered public diplomacy. Word Origin 1856
noun, Law. 1. the status of a literary work or an invention whose copyright or patent has expired or that never had such protection. 2. land owned by the government. public domain noun 1. (US) lands owned by a state or by the federal government 2. the status of a published work or invention upon […]
noun 1. a person or thing considered a danger or menace to the public, especially a wanted criminal widely sought by the F.B.I. and local police forces. 2. a nation or government with which one’s own is at war. public enemy noun 1. a notorious person, such as a criminal, who is regarded as a […]
or Public Enemy Number 1, Public Enemy No. 1 noun 1. (not in official use) a criminal at the top of the FBI’s list of the ten most wanted criminals. 2. a major menace to public safety, health, etc.: Cancer is Public Enemy Number One.
- Public enterprise
noun 1. economic activity by governmental organizations Compare private enterprise (sense 1) noun any economic activity carried out by the government; also, a business or industry controlled by the government Examples Utilities (gas, electricity, etc.), broadcasting, telecommunications, and certain forms of transport are examples of public enterprise. Word Origin 1849