general public

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general public pl (plural only)

  1. Those members of the public who have no special role in a particular area, such as an airport, hospital or railway station; there will typically be restrictions on their access.
  2. Members of the public not in the attentive public of any given issue; laypeople.
    • 2012 November 2, Ken Belson, New York Times, retrieved 2 November 2012:
      After days of intensifying pressure from runners, politicians and the general public to call off the New York City Marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, city officials and the event’s organizers decided Friday afternoon to cancel the race.