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public enterprise

noun
1.
economic activity by governmental organizations Compare private enterprise (sense 1)
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Examples from the Web for public enterprise
Historical Examples
  • Whether this is to be a private or public enterprise lies in the hands of the people handling such things.

    Opportunities in Aviation Arthur Sweetser
  • Governor Jenkins assailed it on the floor as dangerous to capital and fatal to public enterprise.

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
  • Nobody convinced him that his first plan was not the right one; but what can a man do in any public enterprise without supporters?

  • All kinds of property are heavily taxed, and all private and public enterprise is discouraged.

  • This is what is called the fine spirit of teamwork by which things get done, both in private and public enterprise.

    Operation: Outer Space William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Without any government, without any pretence of municipal organisation, there is no co-operation for public enterprise.

  • Then you will understand that a public enterprise is a coin with two sides.

    Essays on Political Economy Frederic Bastiat
  • But I consider a newspaper a public enterprise, with certain distinct duties to the public.

    A Modern Instance William Dean Howells
  • A rare conjunction of private and public enterprise brought about these results.

    Western Worthies J. Stephen Jeans
  • If they wanted money for public enterprise on the mainland, the Jew of Chincoteague was first to be thought of.

    Tales of the Chesapeake George Alfred Townsend
Contemporary definitions for public enterprise
noun

any economic activity carried out by the government; also, a business or industry controlled by the government

Examples

Utilities (gas, electricity, etc.), broadcasting, telecommunications, and certain forms of transport are examples of public enterprise.

Word Origin

1849

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