public relations


plural in form but usually singular in construction
often attributive
: the business of inducing the public to have understanding for and goodwill toward a person, firm, or institution
also : the degree of understanding and goodwill achieved

Examples of public relations in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of public relations was in 1898

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“Public relations.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

public relations

: the business of creating public goodwill for a person, firm, or institution
: the degree of understanding and goodwill achieved

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