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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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  • Some researchers have proposed that that only names published in peer-reviewed publications should be acceptable.
  • Over the years, other publications picked up the story, helping perpetuate the legend about the stone.
  • The ideal candidate would be broadly trained, have a record of scholarly publications, as well as experience with labor movements.
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  • Perhaps it's nostalgia for my journalistic apprenticeship as a police reporter that draws me to such publications.
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  • Her work has appeared in numerous journals, newspapers and corporate publications.
  • Those who do the work can also build reputations independent of their publications by gaining feedback from those they work with.
  • We go to conferences and meetings, pore over other publications, and routinely confer with our researcher sources and authors.
British Dictionary definitions for publications


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 publications



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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