public law

noun

Definition of public law

  1. 1 :  a legislative enactment affecting the public at large

  2. 2 :  a branch of law concerned with regulating the relations of individuals with the government and the organization and conduct of the government itself — compare private law

1761

First Known Use of public law

1761


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public law

noun

Legal Definition of public law

  1. 1 :  an enactment of a legislature that affects the public at large throughout the entire territory (as a state or nation) which is subject to the jurisdiction of the legislature or within a particular subdivision of its jurisdiction :  general law —called also public act, public statute — compare local law 1a

  2. 2a :  the area of law that deals with the relations of individuals with the state and regulates the organization and conduct of government — compare private law b :  international law regulating the relations among sovereign states or nations as distinguished from private international law


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