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Example with a context:

Approximately 60% of Québec's voting public rejected the idea put forth by Parti Québécois leader René Lévesque.

voting is obviously a noun there. But how does public fit into the picture? Is it used as a postpositive adjective?

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    It is uncommon for participles to be employed as nouns in English. In this case, public is the noun and the participle voting is employed as an adjective. – StoneyB on hiatus Feb 7 '15 at 0:19
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"public" is a noun = "the general population"

"voting" "is a present participle used as an adjective" (per StoneyB) = "the portion that is both eligible to vote and bothers to vote"

"Québec's voting public" = "the people in Québec who vote(d)"

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    public is also defined as (9) "a part or section of the community grouped because of a common interest, activity, etc ". The "common thing" here being participating in the election. – Stephie Feb 6 '15 at 22:43
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    +0.5. Voting is a present participle used as an adjective. – StoneyB on hiatus Feb 7 '15 at 0:18

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