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public opinion

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

First recorded in 1560–70
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  • So far as we observed temperance prevailed, backed by public-opinion.

    On Horseback

    Charles Dudley Warner


British Dictionary definitions for public opinion

public opinion

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