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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Public \Pub"lic\, a. [L. publicus, poblicus, fr. populus people:
     cf. F. public. See People.]
     1. Of or pertaining to the people; belonging to the people;
        relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community;
        -- opposed to private; as, the public treasury.
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              To the public good
              Private respects must yield.          --Milton.
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              He [Alexander Hamilton] touched the dead corpse of
              the public credit, and it sprung upon its feet. --D.
                                                    Webster.
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     2. Open to the knowledge or view of all; general; common;
        notorious; as, public report; public scandal.
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              Joseph, . . . not willing to make her a public
              example, was minded to put her away privily. --Matt.
                                                    i. 19.
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     3. Open to common or general use; as, a public road; a public
        house. "The public street." --Shak.
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     public act or public statute (Law), an act or statute
        affecting matters of public concern. Of such statutes the
        courts take judicial notice.
  
     Public credit. See under Credit.
  
     Public funds. See Fund, 3.
  
     Public house, an inn, or house of entertainment.
  
     Public law.
        (a) See International law, under International.
        (b) A public act or statute.
  
     Public nuisance. (Law) See under Nuisance.
  
     Public orator. (Eng. Universities) See Orator, 3.
  
     Public stores, military and naval stores, equipments, etc.
        
  
     Public works, all fixed works built by civil engineers for
        public use, as railways, docks, canals, etc.; but
        strictly, military and civil engineering works constructed
        at the public cost.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Public \Pub"lic\, n.
     1. The general body of mankind, or of a nation, state, or
        community; the people, indefinitely; as, the American
        public; also, a particular body or aggregation of people;
        as, an author's public.
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              The public is more disposed to censure than to
              praise.                               --Addison.
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     2. A public house; an inn. [Scot.] --Sir W. Scott.
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     In public, openly; before an audience or the people at
        large; not in private or secrecy. "We are to speak in
        public." --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  public
      adj 1: not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole;
             "the public good"; "public libraries"; "public funds";
             "public parks"; "a public scandal"; "public gardens";
             "performers and members of royal families are public
             figures" [ant: private]
      2: affecting the people or community as a whole; "community
         leaders"; "community interests"; "the public welfare"
      n 1: people in general considered as a whole; "he is a hero in
           the eyes of the public" [syn: populace, public,
           world]
      2: a body of people sharing some common interest; "the reading
         public"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  310 Moby Thesaurus words for "public":
     Babbittish, Everyman, John Doe, Philistine, Public, accessible,
     acknowledged, adherent, admitted, affirmed, alehouse, announced,
     apparent, appendage, associated, attendant, audience, available,
     bar, barrel house, barroom, beer garden, beer parlor, bistro,
     blatant, blind tiger, boardinghouse, body politic, bourgeois,
     bourgeoisie, broadcast, brought to notice, buff, business, buyers,
     cabaret, cafe, campy, carriage trade, catholic, cavaliere servente,
     celebrated, circulated, citizenry, citizens, civic, civil, clear,
     clear-cut, clientage, clientele, cocktail lounge, collective,
     collectivistic, common, common knowledge, common man,
     common property, commonalty, commonly known, commonplace,
     commonwealth, communal, communistic, community, community at large,
     commutual, conjoint, conjunct, conspicuous, constituency,
     consumers, cooperative, cortical, cosmopolitan, courtier,
     cultural community, current, custom, dangler, declared, demos,
     dependent, diffused, disciple, disreputable, disseminated,
     distributed, dive, dorm, dormitory, doss house, dramshop,
     drinking saloon, dwellers, eminent, epidermic, estate, everybody,
     everyman, everyone, everywoman, exomorphic, exposed, exterior,
     external, extrinsic, familiar, famous, fan, flagrant, fleabag,
     flophouse, flunky, folk, folks, follower, followers, following,
     free, fringe, general, general public, gentry, gin mill,
     government, governmental, groggery, grogshop, guest house,
     habitancy, hackneyed, hanger-on, henchman, high-camp, hoi polloi,
     homely, homespun, homme de cour, honky-tonk, hospice, hostel,
     hostelry, hotel, household, illustrious, in circulation, in common,
     in print, in public, in the open, infamous, influential,
     inhabitants, inn, international, joint, kitschy, known,
     linguistic community, local, lodging house, low-camp, made public,
     make public, manifest, market, masses, men, middle class,
     multitude, municipal, mutual, nation, national, nationality,
     nightclub, notable, noted, notorious, obvious, open, openly,
     ordinary, out, outer, outermost, outlying, outmost, outside,
     outstanding, outward, outward-facing, overt, parasite, partisan,
     patent, patronage, pension, people, people at large,
     people in general, peripheral, persons, plain, platitudinous,
     plebeian, plebeians, polity, pop, populace, popular, population,
     portion, posada, pothouse, proclaimed, projected, proletariat,
     prominent, propagated, proverbial, pub, public house, publicly,
     publish, published, purchasing public, pursuer, pursuivant,
     rank and file, rathskeller, reciprocal, renowned, reported,
     roadhouse, rooming house, roundabout, rumshop, rural market,
     saloon, saloon bar, satellite, sectary, sector, seeming, segment,
     shadow, shared, social, socialistic, societal, society, speakeasy,
     special-interest group, speech community, spread, state, stated,
     stooge, suburban market, successor, suite, superficial, supporter,
     supranational, surface, tagtail, tail, talked-about, talked-of,
     taproom, tavern, telecast, televised, the citizenry,
     the general public, the people, the populace, the population,
     the public, third estate, trade, trainbearer, trite, truistic,
     unconcealed, universal, universally admitted,
     universally recognized, unrestricted, unshrouded, urban,
     vernacular, viewable, visible, votary, ward heeler, well-kenned,
     well-known, well-recognized, well-understood, whole people,
     widely known, widespread, wine shop, world, worldwide, you and me,
     youth market
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PUBLIC. By the term the public, is meant the whole body politic, or all the 
  citizens of the state; sometimes it signifies the inhabitants of a 
  particular place; as, the New York public. 
       2. A distinction has been made between the terms public and general, 
  they are sometimes used as synonymous. The former term is applied strictly 
  to that which concerns all the citizens and every member of the state; while 
  the latter includes a lesser, though still a large portion of the community. 
  Greenl. Ev. Sec. 128. 
       3. When the public interests and its rights conflict with those of an 
  individual, the latter must yield. Co. Litt. 181. if, for example, a road is 
  required for public convenience, and in its course it passes on the ground 
  occupied by a house, the latter must be torn down, however valuable it may 
  be to the owner. In such a case both law and justice require that the owner 
  shall be fully indemnified. 
       4. This term is sometimes joined to other terms, to designate those 
  things which have a relation to the public; as, a public officer, a public 
  road, a public passage, a public house. 
  
  

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