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public relations

(used with a plural verb) the actions of a corporation, store, government, individual, etc., in promoting goodwill between itself and the public, the community, employees, customers, etc.
(used with a singular verb) the art, technique, or profession of promoting such goodwill.
Origin of public relations
1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The awkward squad tends to despise conventional diplomacy and public relations, and is therefore bad at them.
  • Such measures make good financial sense and good public relations.
  • Call it diplomacy, public relations or simple good manners: lying is one of the things that makes the world go round.
  • Pictures from space telescopes and missions to the planets are good for public relations as well as good for research.
  • The government, previously adept at public relations, has floundered in its response.
  • We'll probably need a committee, somebody to handle public relations, maybe a lawyer.
  • For all their ferocity, some gangs had a well-developed sense of public relations.
  • Journalists are accustomed to seeing public relations pitches in their inbox.
  • Mack answered their critics with its own advertising and public relations efforts.
  • He keeps up with us throughout the day with the savvy of a public relations guru, always hovering close by.
British Dictionary definitions for public relations

public relations

noun (functioning as singular or pl)
  1. the practice of creating, promoting, or maintaining goodwill and a favourable image among the public towards an institution, public body, etc
  2. the methods and techniques employed
  3. (as modifier): the public relations industry
the condition of the relationship between an organization and the public
the professional staff employed to create, promote, or maintain a favourable relationship between an organization and the public
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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