Definition of public nuisance in English:

public nuisance

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  • 1An 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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