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public sector

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  1. the area of the nation's affairs under governmental rather than private control.

Origin of public sector

First recorded in 1950–55
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public sector

  1. the part of an economy that consists of state-owned institutions, including nationalized industries and services provided by local authoritiesCompare private sector
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public sector in Culture

public sector

That part of the economy controlled by the government. (Compare private sector.)

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