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[puhb-lik-spir-i-tid] /ˈpʌb lɪkˈspɪr ɪ tɪd/
having or showing an unselfish interest in the public welfare:
a public-spirited citizen.
Origin of public-spirited
First recorded in 1670-80
Related forms
public-spiritedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for public-spirited
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  • All it needs is a public-spirited resident to help it along.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • There's other public-spirited folks in Denboro as well as you.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The schoolhouse and the books might be accepted as a public-spirited effort to do their part.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • Though not again in public life, he was always a public-spirited citizen.

    Captains of Industry James Parton
  • The general opinion of him was that he was a public-spirited and kind-hearted man.

    A Girl of the Commune George Alfred Henty
  • These were the public-spirited men of their age—that is, patriots for their own interest.

  • The school resulted largely from the action of some public-spirited men.

    The Deaf Harry Best
  • Subconsciously, though not consciously, they were public-spirited.

    Quaker Hill Warren H. Wilson
  • No man could be more affectionate, kind, generous, or public-spirited.

  • If you could call him spirited at all, he was public-spirited.

    Backlog Studies Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for public-spirited


having or showing active interest in public welfare or the good of the community
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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