public utility

noun

Definition of public utility

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

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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