publicness

[ puhb-lik-nis ]
/ ˈpʌb lɪk nɪs /

noun

the quality or state of being public or being owned by the public.

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Origin of publicness

First recorded in 1595–1605; public + -ness
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Example sentences from the Web for publicness

  • There was a formality and publicness about it that kind of weakened my nerve.

    Options|O. Henry
  • Were not his objections as to the publicness of the place, I asked him, as strong now as before?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson