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1. Ownership - control.

Owned or controlled by the state.

For example, the public sector of the economy.

2. Ownership - control.

Potentially available for part-ownership - or control - by any member of the public.

For example, a public company.

3. Services - information - offerings.

Relating to a service, information or offering available to the public generally.

For example, a public bond.

4. Law.

Relating to states, and relations between states, rather than individuals, companies or other non-governmental entities.

For example, public international law (contrasted with private international law).

5. Legislation.

Originating with the government, rather than an individual member of the legislature.

For example, a Public Bill (contrasted with a Private Bill).

See also