public law

noun
1.
Also called public act, public statute. a law or statute of a general character that applies to the people of a whole state or nation.
2.
a branch of law dealing with the legal relationships between the state and individuals and with the relations among governmental agencies. Compare private law.

Origin:
1765–75

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public law
 
n
1.  a law that applies to the public of a state or nation
2.  Compare private law the branch of law that deals with relations between a state and its individual members

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Collective action and individual action, public law and private character, are both necessary.
Races separated from each other by seas and mountains acknowledged a fraternal tie and a common code of public law.
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