1. public debate the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)
  2. public debt the total of the nation's debts: debts of local and state and national governments; an indicator of how much public spending is financed by borrowing instead of taxation
  3. public toilet a toilet that is available to the public
  4. public utility a company that performs a public service
  5. public domain property rights that are held by the public at large
  6. public trust a trust created for charitable or religious or educational or scientific purposes
  7. public nudity vulgar and offensive nakedness in a public place
  8. public defender a lawyer who represents indigent defendants at public expense
  9. public charity a charity that is deemed to receive the major part of its support from the public (rather than from a small group of individuals)
  10. public-spirited showing unselfish interest in the public welfare
  11. duplicatable capable of being duplicated
  12. public lecture a speech that is open to the public
  13. public library a nonprofit library maintained for public use
  14. public speaker a person who delivers a speech or oration
  15. public square an open area at the meeting of two or more streets
  16. ablactate gradually deprive of mother's milk
  17. public holiday authorized by law and limiting work or official business
  18. Republican Party the younger of two major political parties in the United States; GOP is an acronym for grand old party
  19. public lavatory a toilet that is available to the public
  20. public security the general security of public places

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