Legal Definition and Related Resources of Publication

Meaning of Publication

The act by which a thing is made public. Printing without circulation is not publication (5 Fed. 729), and circulation in manuscript is publication (3 Fed. 486). See, also, “Literary Property.” It differs from “promulgation” (g. v.) And see, also, Toullier, Dr. Civ. tit. “Preliminaire,” note 59, for the difference in the meaning of these two words. Publication has different meanings. When applied to a law, it signifies the rendering public the existence of the law; when it relates to the opening of the depositions taken in a case in chancery, it means that liberty is given to the officer in whose custody the depositions of witnesses in a cause are lodged, either by consent of parties, or by the rules or orders of the court, to show the depositions openly, and to give out copies of them. Prac. Reg. 297; Blake, Ch. Prac. 143. When spoken of a will, it signifies that the testator has done some act from which it can be concluded that he intended the instrument to operate as his will. Cruise, Dig. tit. 38, c. 5, § 47; 3 Atk. 161; 4 Me. 220; 3 Rawle (Pa.) 15; Comyn, Dig. “Estates by Devise” (E 2), “Chancery” (Q). In the Law of Libel and Slander. The communication of the defamatory words to some third person. The sending of a letter to the person defamed is not publication. 68 Iowa, 726. Nor is the speaking of slanderous words where no third person could hear them. 13 Gray (Mass.) 304.


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Synonyms of Publication

(Disclosure), noun

  • advertisement
  • announcement
  • broadcast
  • circulation
  • communication
  • currency
  • dissemination
  • enlightenment
  • expositio
  • issuance
  • notice
  • notification
  • praedicatio
  • presentation to the public
  • proclamation
  • promulgation
  • pronouncement
  • pronuntiatio
  • propagation
  • public announcement
  • release
  • report
  • revealment
  • revelation
  • statement
  • transmission Associated Concepts: defamation
  • libel
  • slander

(Printed matter), noun

  • book
  • editio libri
  • edition
  • folio
  • issue
  • literary magazine
  • literature
  • magazine
  • organ
  • periodical
  • printing
  • reading matter
  • tome
  • volume
  • work
  • writing
  • written discourse

Publication in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of publication.


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Publication

(You may find publication at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

late 14c., “the act of making publicly known,” from Old French publicacion (14c.) and directly from Latin publicationem (nominative publicatio) “a making public,” noun of action from past participle stem of publicare “make public,” from publicus (see public (adj.)). Meaning “the issuing of a written or printed work” is first recorded 1570s; as the word for the thing so issued, from 1650s. Parallel publishment had a shadowy existence alongside this word, in local and specialized use, into the 18c.


Legal English Vocabulary: Publication in Spanish

Online translation of the English legal term publication into Spanish: publicación (English to Spanish translation) . More about legal dictionary from english to spanish online.

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See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police
  • Law Enforcement Agency

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See Also

  • Document
  • Publications

Hierarchical Display of Publication

Education And Communications > Documentation > Document
Education And Communications > Communications > Communications industry > Publishing
Education And Communications > Communications > Communications industry > Book trade > Printing

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Thesaurus of Publication

Education And Communications > Documentation > Document > Publication
Education And Communications > Communications > Communications industry > Publishing > Publication
Education And Communications > Communications > Communications industry > Book trade > Printing > Publication

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