Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- (US) A service asserted to be for the public good provided by a for-profit enterprise or trade association.
- This has been a public service announcement from the Advertising Council.
- (UK) A service, usually provided by the government, for the general public or its specific section.
2013 May 17, George Monbiot, “Money just makes the rich suffer”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 23, page 19:
- In order to grant the rich these pleasures, the social contract is reconfigured. The welfare state is dismantled. Essential public services are cut so that the rich may pay less tax. […]
service by for-profit enterprise
service for general public or its section