a corporation whose shares are traded on an established stock exchange or market
a corporation that has shares that are held by a large number of people
a corporation that sells and trades its stock to the public at large, generally on a nationally recognized stock exchange
A corporation whose stock is owned by a large and diverse group of stockholders, most of whom are not actively involved in the day-to-day management of the business.
a corporation that allows anyone in the public to purchase their stock.