Definition of public policy in English:

public policy

Line breaks: pub¦lic pol¦icy


[mass noun]
1The principles, often unwritten, on which social laws are based.
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  • The idea of the public interest used to mean matters of public policy or issues of social importance.
  • What does this picture of the impacts across social class mean for public policy?
  • That discretion, however, must be exercised according to some important principles of public policy.
2 Law The principle that injury to the public good is a basis for denying the legality of a contract or other transaction.
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  • All their Lordships denied that public policy had a role in the decision.
  • The Court came to the conclusion that it would be contrary to public policy to register that judgment because there was a denial of a fair trial.
  • What is the overlap between contracts which break the law and those which are contrary to public policy?

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