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adverb pub·lic·ly \ˈpə-bli-klē\

Simple Definition of publicly

  • : in a way that is meant be heard or seen by many people

  • : in a way that can be used, seen, bought, etc., by anyone

  • : by a government

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of publicly

  1. 1 :  in a manner observable by or in a place accessible to the public :  openly

  2. 2 a :  by the people generally b :  by a government

Examples of publicly in a sentence

  1. She very publicly acknowledged her mistake.

  2. The information is publicly available.

  3. The policies have been publicly approved.



1563

First Known Use of publicly

1563

Variants of publicly

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