Definition of public nuisance in English:

Share this entry

public nuisance

Pronunciation:

noun

1British An act that is illegal because it interferes with the rights of the public generally: it is alleged that the use of these roads by numerous heavy goods vehicles at night amounts to a public nuisance [mass noun]: the premises cause undue public nuisance
More 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: these people are a danger to themselves and others, are a downright public nuisance
More 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.
Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.