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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Land owned and controlled by the state or federal government.
  • noun The condition of not being protected by a patent or copyright and therefore being available to the public for use without charge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The realm of intellectual property being not protected under patent or copyright, i.e. no person or other legal entity can establish proprietary interests.
  • noun Open land such as unowned prairie in the western and southwestern United States. Space not subject to a land patent.
  • adjective this sense?) Not subject to any copyright or patent restrictions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun property rights that are held by the public at large

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