public service

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public service (plural public services)

  1. (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.
  2. (Britain) 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”, in The Guardian Weekly[1], 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. […]

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