Also called public act, public statute. a law or statute of a general character that applies to the people of a whole state or nation.
a branch of law dealing with the legal relationships between the state and individuals and with the relations among governmental agencies.: Compare private law.
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How to use public law in a sentence
The whole public law of Europe had its origin in equivocal expressions, beginning with the Salique law.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Two great concessions were given by this act, one in the field of private and the other in the field of public law.The Two Great Republics: Rome and the United States | James Hamilton Lewis
The absence of settled public law and the influence of direct democracy made a complete ministry of finance impossible.
As little doubt can exist that the French decrees were equally at variance with the public law.The Works of Daniel Webster, Volume 1 | Daniel Webster
He showed that such a declaration was inconsistent with no principle of public law, and forbidden by no prudential consideration.The Works of Daniel Webster, Volume 1 | Daniel Webster
British Dictionary definitions for public law
a law that applies to the public of a state or nation
the branch of law that deals with relations between a state and its individual members: Compare private law
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