Definition of public law
1 : a legislative enactment affecting the public at large
2 : a branch of law concerned with regulating the relations of individuals with the government and the organization and conduct of the government itself — compare private law
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Legal Definition of public law
1 : an enactment of a legislature that affects the public at large throughout the entire territory (as a state or nation) which is subject to the jurisdiction of the legislature or within a particular subdivision of its jurisdiction : general law —called also public act, public statute — compare local law 1a
2a : the area of law that deals with the relations of individuals with the state and regulates the organization and conduct of government — compare private law b : international law regulating the relations among sovereign states or nations as distinguished from private international law
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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "public law"
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