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

Origin of publicness

First recorded in 1595–1605; public + -ness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for publicness

Historical Examples of publicness

  • 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

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


    O. Henry