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[puhb-li-key-shuh n] /ˌpʌb lɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act of publishing a book, periodical, map, piece of music, engraving, or the like.
the act of bringing before the public; announcement.
the state or fact of being published.
something that is published, especially a periodical.
Origin of publication
1350-1400; Middle English publicacioun < Latin pūblicātiōn- (stem of pūblicātiō) a making public, confiscation, equivalent to pūblicāt(us) (past participle of pūblicāre to make public) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonpublication, noun
propublication, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for publication
  • All material in this publication may be reprinted freely.
  • We do not use any articles submitted to, accepted by, or published by another publication.
  • Too many academics submit articles with half-developed arguments as if they were ready for publication.
  • In my discipline this would depend on the form of publication journal.
  • More and more often, the editing stage of a book or journal article headed for publication is entirely paperless.
  • It is a publication that covers the church, not a church publication.
  • The successful candidate should be committed to a sustained agenda of research, publication, and community engagement.
  • In addition, scholarly research and publication and service to the profession, the college and the department are expected.
  • Applicants should have a record of continuing publication commensurate with their level of experience.
  • Its publication was the high-water mark of the idealistic tide.
British Dictionary definitions for publication


the act or process of publishing a printed work
any printed work offered for sale or distribution
the act or an instance of making information public
the act of disseminating defamatory matter, esp by communicating it to a third person See libel, slander
Archaic word publishment
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin pūblicātiō confiscation of an individual's property, from pūblicāre to seize and assign to public use
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Word Origin and History for publication

late 14c., "the act of making publicly known," from Old French publicacion (14c.) and directly from Latin publicationem (nominative publicatio) "a making public," noun of action from past participle stem of publicare "make public," from publicus (see public (adj.)). Meaning "the issuing of a written or printed work" is first recorded 1570s; as the word for the thing so issued, from 1650s. Parallel publishment had a shadowy existence alongside this word, in local and specialized use, into the 18c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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