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Definition of public nuisance noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


    public nuisance

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  1. 1[singular, uncountable] (law) an illegal act that causes harm to people in general The defendants could be held liable for creating a public nuisance in New York State.
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] (informal) a person or thing that annoys a lot of people Door-to-door salesmen are a public nuisance.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: public nuisance