Also called public act, public statute. a law or statute of a general character that applies to the people of a whole state or nation.
a branch of law dealing with the legal relationships between the state and individuals and with the relations among governmental agencies.
Compare private law.
public international law.
a law that applies to the public of a state or nation
the branch of law that deals with relations between a state and its individual members Compare private law
noun 1. (in Britain) an act of Parliament that directs compensation to an author for the library loan of his or her book. Public Lending Right noun 1. the right of authors to receive payment when their books are borrowed from public libraries PLR
noun 1. a nonprofit library established for the use of the general public and maintained chiefly by public funds.
noun 1. public service as an elected or appointed government official.
- Public limited company
noun 1. another name for public company Abbreviation plc, PLC
adverb 1. in a public or open manner or place. 2. by the public. 3. in the name of the community. 4. by public action or consent. adverb 1. in a public manner; without concealment; openly 2. in the name or with the consent of the public