common carrier

common carrier
common carrier common carrier carrier

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common carrier UK US noun [C]
(also public carrier) TRANSPORT, COMMERCE a company that provides regular services to the general public transporting people or goods: »

The amendment says the penalties do not apply to common carriers such as commercial bus services or airplanes.

COMMUNICATIONS a company that provides regular communications services to the general public, including telephone, radio, etc.: »

The telephone operator says it plans to move into international and local call services within the next few years by seeking tie-ups with other common carriers.


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  • common carrier — n: a business or agency that is available to the public for transportation of persons, goods, or messages compare contract carrier Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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