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Public

1. Describing anything available to the population at large. For example, a publicly-traded company may be owned and traded by anyone with the money to buy shares.

2. Describing anything owned or administered by a government. For example, a municipality owns and maintains a public park.
References in classic literature ?
About twenty of us formed a society for the purpose of utilizing this time in debate or in practice in public speaking.
He declared in public that "the telephone is the most extraordinary thing I ever saw in my life.
Why then has he never taken part in public affairs?