from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A private business organization, subject to governmental regulation, that provides an essential commodity or service, such as water, electricity, transportation, or communication, to the public.
- n. Stock shares issued by a company providing essential public services. Often used in the plural.
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- n. a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
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State resumed; as to the second, consisting of property not received from the State, and on the other hand burdened with eleemosynary or educational obligations, it was ruled that the representatives of the fabriques could give it to public establishments or to establishments of public utility with eleemosynary or educational character, subject to the approbation of the prefect.
My visit to Legrand & Molinos had public utility for it's object.
Long-overdue public utility financing, no controversy.