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public relations

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noun
  1. (used with a plural verb) the actions of a corporation, store, government, individual, etc., in promoting goodwill between itself and the public, the community, employees, customers, etc.
  2. (used with a singular verb) the art, technique, or profession of promoting such goodwill.

Origin of public relations

First recorded in 1800–10
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  • It amounts to a public-relations job, a production, with me merely censoring aspects that might be bad for Dabney's psyche.

    Operation: Outer Space

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • Mr. Dabney, Jed Cochrane is here as a specialist in public-relations set-ups.

    Operation: Outer Space

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • The public-relations job all this has turned into, demands a careful stimulation of all the basic urges.

    Operation: Outer Space

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • He managed to make one copy, unaddressed, of the public-relations letter that he'd worked out at the same time.

    The Pirates of Ersatz

    Murray Leinster


British Dictionary definitions for public relations

public relations

noun (functioning as singular or plural)
    1. the practice of creating, promoting, or maintaining goodwill and a favourable image among the public towards an institution, public body, etc
    2. the methods and techniques employed
    3. (as modifier)the public relations industry
  1. the condition of the relationship between an organization and the public
  2. the professional staff employed to create, promote, or maintain a favourable relationship between an organization and the public
Abbreviation: PR
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