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 (sĕm′ē-pŭb′lĭk, sĕm′ī-)
1. Partially but not entirely open to the use of the public: prohibited smoking in public and semipublic places.
2. Partially but not totally owned by the government: a semipublic utility company.
3. Open to the knowledge and judgment of only a part of the public.

sem′i·pub′lic·ly adv.
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1. partially but not entirely open to the public
2. partially but not entirely visible to the public
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (of a company, service etc) partly owned by the public
4. (Commerce) (of a company, service etc) partly owned by the public
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(ˌsɛm iˈpʌb lɪk, ˌsɛm aɪ-)

partly or to some degree public.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.semipublic - having some of the features of public institution
public - not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole; "the public good"; "public libraries"; "public funds"; "public parks"; "a public scandal"; "public gardens"; "performers and members of royal families are public figures"
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The Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport will implement a semipublic bus system to help bus companies fully cope with new working conditions following revised labor laws.
Summary: The latest round of violence in Tripoli has claimed the lives of civilians, policemen and soldiers, among them a semipublic figure known to many residents of the northern city
The rank orders of the weights were the same within the public group and the semipublic group, with the security aspect being the most important and the leisure & landscape aspect the least.
The delegation includes 30 merchants and tradesmen from 18 semipublic and private companies to arrive in Saudi Arabia on December 29, Moj News reporter in UAE said.
A lot of effort went into the separation of public and semipublic spaces, semi-private spaces for the shared use of residents and private spaces directly linked to the individual flats.
will not be able to use the facility's semipublic beach, which was closed down earlier this week, until perhaps next week.
The report also pointed to the possibility of more semipublic firms being shut down to staunch the flow of red ink, because interest rates are expected to rise.
As a result, many HOAs come with community pools, deemed either semipublic or public.
In fact, in relevant literature, three different public input specifications, i.e., a semipublic input, a firm-augmenting public input, and an unpaid factor are regarded as being identical.
In the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Gelatin lured the visitor across a narrow ceiling-high bridge to face a daredevil climbing experience: in the Milan gallery Massimo de Carlo they installed a terrifically fast roller coaster for visitors' use; and in Vienna they opened a semipublic bathhouse.
Semipublic courtyards provide areas for resident functions, while a car-share pod (where one can rent a car) offers an alternative to those who do not own cars.
The report also noted that semipublic pools have caused the most problems.