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[puhb-lik-spir-i-tid] /ˈpʌb lɪkˈspɪr ɪ tɪd/
having or showing an unselfish interest in the public welfare:
a public-spirited citizen.
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public-spiritedness, noun Unabridged
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  • These officers and public-spirited individuals are extremely deserving of their accolades.
  • He was noted, all his life, as the intelligent and public-spirited friend of everything high and advanced.
  • Some studies claim that the effect in fact depends on a few public-spirited people willing to set an example.
  • With the threat of prosecution or a paltry pay-out, amateur archaeologists are unlikely to feel public-spirited.
  • Further, more-equal societies are more willing to think about the common good and to be more public-spirited.
  • The court is deeply indebted to the public-spirited volunteers who help provide essential services.
  • It required positive action by public-spirited citizens in order to get general support from other citizens.
  • Al was a dear friend, a former colleague and a truly public-spirited public servant.
British Dictionary definitions for public-spirited


having or showing active interest in public welfare or the good of the community
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