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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- public holiday,
- public house,
- public housing,
- public interest,
- public international law,
- public lending right,
- public library,
- public life,
- public limited company,
- public nuisance
Origin of public law
First recorded in 1765–75
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