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noun
the area of the nation's affairs under governmental rather than private control.
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Origin of public sector

First recorded in 1950–55
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British Dictionary definitions for public sector

public sector

noun
the part of an economy that consists of state-owned institutions, including nationalized industries and services provided by local authoritiesCompare private sector
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Cultural definitions for public sector

public sector

That part of the economy controlled by the government. (Compare private sector.)

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