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public opinion

the collective opinion of many people on some issue, problem, etc., especially as a guide to action, decision, or the like.
Origin of public opinion
First recorded in 1560-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The public opinion of the various powers considers the conduct of the Japanese as unjustifiable and unreasonable.

    Japan Various
  • public opinion is against the practice, though not as decidedly as might be wished.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • He did not mean, however, to shock the public opinion by proposing such a measure.

  • public opinion in the church judged them lightly, although unfavorably.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • I am not indifferent to the duty every writer owes to public opinion, nor the penalties he incurs in running counter to it.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
British Dictionary definitions for public opinion

public opinion

the attitude of the public, esp as a factor in determining the actions of government
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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