Definition of public act in US English:

public act


  • An act of legislation affecting the public as a whole.

    • ‘Although in no sense a representative assembly or ‘parliament’, this was a forum for solemn public acts such as the choosing of kings and issuing of laws.’
    • ‘That Clause says, in effect, that states must give effect to each other's public acts, records, and judicial proceedings.’
    • ‘Later some reservations were created by executive order or by public act.’
    • ‘US courts invoke the act-of-state doctrine, whereby their courts will not inquire into the validity of public acts, such as moratoria or freeze orders, of a recognized foreign power having effect within its own territory.’
    • ‘Lines of police, trucks, and tear gas tanks patrolled the streets to impose Argentina's constitutional law banning public acts during pre-election night and on election day.’