semipublic

adjective
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 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, "Miss Manners: Informing people of an unexpected death," 4 Sep. 2020 The semipublic campaign event followed Biden's private meeting with Jacob Blake's family. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "'They'll shoot me': Biden makes awkward joke at Kenosha community meeting," 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, "During self-quarantine, learn a foreign language without leaving the house," 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, "What the 17th-Century Ideal of a ‘Commons’ Means in the 21st Century," 1 Oct. 2019 The Steamship Authority cleared a ferry to return to service Wednesday morning after a successful trial run of the vessel, which had several trips canceled Monday and Tuesday, the semipublic agency said in a statement Wednesday. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Steamship Authority to test Nantucket ferry after trips canceled for mechanical issues," 11 July 2018 The Steamship Authority cleared a ferry to return to service Wednesday morning after a successful trial run of the vessel, which had several trips canceled Monday and Tuesday, the semipublic agency said in a statement Wednesday. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Steamship Authority to test Nantucket ferry after trips canceled for mechanical issues," 11 July 2018 The Steamship Authority, a semipublic agency that operates ferries from Cape Cod to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, recently has been beset by troubles. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Steamship Authority cancels ferry trips on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket routes," 10 July 2018 Other churches have built and sustained semipublic garden spaces over the years. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "This church sold its land for $8.5 million, then bought a chunk back to build a park," 27 July 2017

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First Known Use of semipublic

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Semipublic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semipublic. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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