Definition of public nuisance in English:

public nuisance


  • 1An act that is illegal because it interferes with the rights of the public generally.

    ‘it is alleged that the use of these roads by numerous heavy goods vehicles at night amounts to a public nuisance’
    mass noun ‘the premises cause undue public nuisance’
    • ‘Thus the duty overlaps with occupiers liability, public nuisance and private nuisance.’
    • ‘The other exception related to the old common law offence of public nuisance.’
    • ‘Mr Train was found guilty of causing a public nuisance and the conviction was upheld on appeal.’
    • ‘The lynchpin was the element of common law that dealt with public nuisances.’
    • ‘The classic statement of the difference [between private and public nuisance] is that a public nuisance affects Her Majesty's subjects generally, whereas a private nuisance only affects particular individuals.’
    1. 1.1informal An obnoxious or dangerous person or group of people.
      ‘these people are a danger to themselves and others, are a downright public nuisance’
      • ‘Now, cell phones are not a status symbol but a public nuisance.’
      • ‘Apart from causing public nuisance and inconvenience to the commuters this also leads to road accidents.’
      • ‘Certainly car locking horn blasts and car horn alarms should be banned as obnoxious public nuisances.’
      • ‘There are umpteen problems, which could and should be settled without much public nuisance.’
      • ‘Get a job and find something to do other than being a public nuisance.’


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