public opinion


noun

the collective opinion of many people on some issue, problem, etc., especially as a guide to action, decision, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. public life,
  2. public limited company,
  3. public nuisance,
  4. public offering,
  5. public officer,
  6. public opinion poll,
  7. public ownership,
  8. public policy,
  9. public prosecutor,
  10. public record office

Origin of public opinion

First recorded in 1560–70

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public opinion

noun

the attitude of the public, esp as a factor in determining the actions of government
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