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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. 2016.
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  • He managed to make one copy, unaddressed, of the public-relations letter that he'd worked out at the same time.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • It amounts to a public-relations job, a production, with me merely censoring aspects that might be bad for Dabney's psyche.

    Operation: Outer Space William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Mr. Dabney, Jed Cochrane is here as a specialist in public-relations set-ups.

    Operation: Outer Space William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • The public-relations job all this has turned into, demands a careful stimulation of all the basic urges.

    Operation: Outer Space William Fitzgerald Jenkins
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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