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Public utility   /pˈəblɪk jutˈɪləti/   Listen
Public utility

A company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation.  Synonyms: public-service corporation, public utility company, utility.

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"Public utility" Quotes from Famous Books

... good deal more than what is necessary for paying the salaries of officers, and defraying the expense of management. What is paid for the keeping of bullion upon receipts, is alone supposed to amount to a neat annual revenue of between 150,000 and 200,000 guilders. Public utility, however, and not revenue, was the original object of this institution. Its object was to relieve the merchants from the inconvenience of a disadvantageous exchange. The revenue which has arisen from it was unforeseen, and may be considered as accidental. But it is ...
— An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations • Adam Smith

... Iceland with Dr. Solander, the pupil of Linnaeus; made large natural history and antiquarian collections; {31c} became President of the Royal Society; and was largely instrumental in forming the schemes for the drainage and inclosure of the fens; and other works of public utility. His family acquired the Revesby Abbey estates in 1714, and were closely connected with Horncastle for more than a century, as ...
— A History of Horncastle - from the earliest period to the present time • James Conway Walter

... sure it's a safe thing. I understand he's in with Rolliver now, and Rolliver practically controls Apex. This is some kind of a scheme to buy up all the works of public utility at Apex. They're practically sure of their charter, and Moffatt tells me I can count on doubling my investment within a few weeks. Of course I'll go into the details if ...
— The Custom of the Country • Edith Wharton

... have a little wisdom remaining, for I would poison you, and believe I was performing an act of public utility." ...
— Grey Town - An Australian Story • Gerald Baldwin

... home from his office early one afternoon, with a telegram that summoned him to New York to a conference of counsel in a big public utility case he had been working on for months. He must leave, if he were going at all, at five o'clock. He ransacked the house, vainly at first, for Rose, and found her at last in the trunk-room—dusty, disheveled, sobbing quietly over something ...
— The Real Adventure • Henry Kitchell Webster

Words linked to "Public utility" :   public-service corporation, gas company, electric company, power service, water company, telephone company, service, telco, bus company, power company, light company, telephone service, gas service, phone company, bus service, phone service, waterworks

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