public utility

noun
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of public utility

: a business organization (such as an electric company) performing a public service and subject to special governmental regulation

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First Known Use of public utility

1895


PUBLIC UTILITY Defined for English Language Learners

public utility

noun

Definition of public utility for English Language Learners

  • : a company (such as an electric company) that provides a public service and must follow special rules made by the government


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public utility

noun

legal Definition of public utility

: a business organization (as an electric company) performing a public service and subject to special government regulation


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