public relations

noun, plural in form but usually singular in construction, often attributive

Definition of public relations

: 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

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It's been branded a hollow public relations exercise. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "It's Israel's election but here's why Donald Trump is the 'King of Israel'," 16 Sep. 2019 What lies behind the tweets, the headlines and the frantic Washington-Jerusalem consultations is a political gimmick, designed to attain meaningless public relations points ahead of a difficult election. Gilead Sher, Time, "Netanyahu's Defense Treaty with Trump Is a Bad Idea. Just as Well It's Only a Gimmick," 16 Sep. 2019 The Dominican minister of tourism touted new safety measures put in place after the public relations nightmare that erupted over the summer following the deaths of at least nine American tourists at hotels in the Caribbean destination. Fox News, "Dominican Republic minister promotes safety measures after tourist deaths, insists island is safe," 14 Sep. 2019 Reached Friday night, the college's public relations and communications manager, Casey Fryda, said. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Federal judge supports student's right to hand out valentines with Bible messages at Wisconsin technical college," 13 Sep. 2019 The good news is, the franchisee that owns the restaurant is investigating what happened and is ordering its employees retrained, according to Taco Bell's corporate public relations office in Irvine, California. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "A Louisville woman took the homeless to dinner at Taco Bell. They got tossed out instead," 12 Sep. 2019 Victims and an attorney involved in the latest lawsuit criticized the changes as a public relations move that does not go far enough. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Lyft announces safety changes amid sexual assault and rape allegations," 11 Sep. 2019 As for Umindi Frances, the founder and creator of the Umindi Frances Consulting Group, which is a firm that leads public relations and strategic marketing. Ashley Rushford, Essence, "ESSENCE Fashion House NYC: Candace Marie, Umindi Frances, And Ezinne Kwubiri Are Making Changes In Fashion," 8 Sep. 2019 On Friday, a spokeswoman for a public relations firm in Fort Lauderdale, working on behalf of the cruise line, said that would mean a valid visa and passport, but could also include a police report and a photo identification. Andrew Boryga,, "Desperate Bahamians may be stranded after Hurricane Dorian," 7 Sep. 2019

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1898, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of public relations

: the activity or job of providing information about a particular person or organization to the public so that people will regard that person or organization in a favorable way
: the relationship between an organization and the public

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