common carrier


Definition of common carrier

: a business or agency that is available to the public for transportation of persons, goods, or messages

Examples of common carrier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Magellan operates the largest common carrier refined products pipeline system in the United States, and revenue from the its refined products segment accounted for 77% of its total revenue in 2021. David Trainer, Forbes, 5 July 2022 And even the Texas and Florida laws stop short of that by resorting to the common carrier framework. Brian Fung, CNN, 8 June 2022 The most common carrier oils are MCT oil and hemp seed oil. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 May 2022 Ohio attorney general Dave Yost filed a lawsuit in June to declare Google Search a common carrier. Charles M. Miller, National Review, 8 Oct. 2021 In fact, Section 230 already does recognize social-media platforms as a kind of common carrier. Nate Hochman, National Review, 16 Oct. 2021 The terms of release in the federal case ban her from consuming any alcohol and was barred from interstate travel via common carrier, with one exception. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 29 Dec. 2021 While other animals can carry Leptospira interrogans, in NYC rats are probably the most common carrier. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 If Google Search is not treated as a common carrier, then Alphabet becomes like The Blob. Charles M. Miller, National Review, 8 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of common carrier

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jul 2022

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“Common carrier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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Legal Definition of common carrier

: a business or agency that is available to the public for transportation of persons, goods, or messages — compare contract carrier

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