1. (noun) A group that shares a common idea, interest or ideology.
Example: The viewing public in relation to television watching.
2. (noun) The group affected by a policy.
Example: Students that must pay a tuition increase.
3. (noun) A community or people in general.
Example: The residents of a city.
4. (adjective) Concerning or relating to people considered as whole.
Example: The public at large or the public good.
5. (adjective) Accessible and open to all people.
Example: A public forum or public gardens.
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- Plural: publics
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How to Cite the Definition of Public
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “public.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 24, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/public/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
public. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/public/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “public.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 24, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/public/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“public.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/public/>.