the public domain

noun

Definition of the public domain

1 : the state of something that is not owned by a particular person or company and is available for anyone to use The software has entered the public domain. The software is in the public domain.
2 US : land that is owned by the government The forests are part of the public domain.

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“The public domain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20public%20domain. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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