semi·​pub·​lic | \ ˌse-mē-ˈpə-blik How to pronounce semipublic (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \

Definition of semipublic

1 : open to some persons outside the regular constituency
2 : having some features of a public institution specifically : maintained as a public service by a private nonprofit organization

Examples of semipublic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Isao Tokoro, an emeritus professor at Kyoto Sangyo University and expert on imperial family history, said that by rejecting the money and formalities, Mako was turning her back on the family and the semipublic role adopted by some former royals. Peter Landers, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 Mexico has privatized Pemex, while Brazil hasn’t changed Petrobras’ structure which is still a semipublic company. Esade Business & Law School, Forbes, 5 July 2021 And last summer, the government induced a group of insurance companies and semipublic institutions to pledge €6 billion in tech investment in France through 33 funds; nine of these funds are dedicated to health. Tania Rabesandratana, Science | AAAS, 21 Apr. 2021 Voter registration details and voting history are a matter of semipublic record in most places. Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2020 In the current climate, Miss Manners is inclined to be indulgent about sharing even semipublic facilities, when options are so limited. Judith Martin, Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2020 The semipublic campaign event followed Biden's private meeting with Jacob Blake's family. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, 3 Sep. 2020 If your schedule, budget or unruly nest of hair prevents you from pursuing a course of this semipublic nature, try tapping into the trove of resources and tools online. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2020 By the end of the 19th century, these official structures were joined by new types of semipublic buildings, fraternal organizations for narrower slices of community. Steven Lubar, Smithsonian, 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of semipublic

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Semipublic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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