Definition of public nuisance in English:

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public nuisance

Pronunciation: /ˈpəblik ˈn(y)o͞osns/


1An act, condition, or thing that is illegal because it interferes with the rights of the public generally.
Example sentences
  • Thus the duty overlaps with occupiers liability, public nuisance and private nuisance.
  • The other exception related to the old common law offence of public nuisance.
  • The classic statement of the difference [between private and public nuisance] is that a public nuisance affects Her Majesty's subjects generally, whereas a private nuisance only affects particular individuals.
1.1 informal An obnoxious or dangerous person or group of people.
Example sentences
  • Certainly car locking horn blasts and car horn alarms should be banned as obnoxious public nuisances.
  • Now, cell phones are not a status symbol but a public nuisance.
  • Get a job and find something to do other than being a public nuisance.

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Syllabification: pub·lic nui·sance

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