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English definition of “public examination”

public examination

noun     UK
[C] FINANCE, LAW a formal occasion when a bankrupt company or person is asked questions by officials representing the people who are owed money : All parties who attend a public examination , including the bankrupt , may employ legal representation .
[C or U] GOVERNMENT a formal occasion when a government minister is asked about their plans or actions by officials , or the act of asking ministers about their plans or actions : The executive decided against a public examination , saying ministers already had all the information they needed .
(Definition of public examination noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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