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public-spirited Line breaks: public-spirit¦ed
Pronunciation: /ˌpʌblɪkˈspɪrɪtɪd/

Definition of public-spirited in English:


Willing to help the wider community; socially concerned: those public-spirited people who call attention to low standards in high places
More example sentences
  • People generally yearn to be friendly, generous, and public-spirited - in short, altruistic.
  • Many people pitied my commonsensical, public-spirited child for being raised by an antisocial naysayer like me.
  • Where are the safeguards for those public-spirited people who call attention to low standards in high places?


Example sentences
  • But while rational people with disposable income might reckon Microsoft could quite reasonably and public-spiritedly put a bullet in the lot of them now, you can see the problem.
  • It seems to me that the police would be better employed trying to deal with crime rather than doing their best to impede and punish those who are public-spiritedly trying to stop crime.
  • The defendant's case is strengthened if he can show that he has in general behaved responsibly and public-spiritedly and his attackers have not.
Example sentences
  • As the king usually thanked them for their public-spiritedness by graciously confirming those rights, they had the security required to borrow at comparatively low rates of interest.
  • The men we have seen to display public-spiritedness and sympathy for the poor were not immune to the temptations of law-breaking.
  • Do you, the judge, dismiss the charges and commend the young chap for his public-spiritedness, whilst roundly condemning locksmiths for their sloppy workmanship?
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