pub·​lic·​ly | \ ˈpə-bli-klē How to pronounce publicly (audio) \
variants: or less commonly publically \ ˈpə-​bli-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce publically (audio) \

Definition of publicly

1 : in a manner observable by or in a place accessible to the public : openly
2a : by the people generally
b : by a government

Examples of publicly in a Sentence

She very publicly acknowledged her mistake. The information is publicly available. The policies have been publicly approved.
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The governor and the senator publicly praised each other for being cooperative. Los Angeles Times, "With California’s vaccine bill, children’s immunizations and Newsom’s word are at stake," 5 Sep. 2019 Michael Caine, Timothee Chalamet and Greta Gerwig are among the actors who have publicly expressed regret over working with him. Time, "'I Believe Him.' Scarlett Johansson Defends Woody Allen Amid Sexual Assault Allegations," 4 Sep. 2019 Texans quarterback Joe Webb underwent surgery on his right foot Wednesday, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans quarterback Joe Webb has foot surgery," 4 Sep. 2019 And that evidence has been used to justify public health infrastructure and health care expenditure for HIV prevention in various ways that might not always be publicly or politically popular. Naseem S. Miller,, "UCF establishes population health department with focus on HIV, LGBTQ health," 4 Sep. 2019 Bayern president Uli Hoeness publicly urged Boateng to leave the club this summer, but a deadline day move to Juventus ultimately collapsed, leaving the German to battle for his place at the Allianz Arena., "Jerome Boateng Under Investigation for Aggravated Assault Against Former Fiancee," 4 Sep. 2019 Authorities have not publicly released a motive in the slaying. Carol Robinson |, al, "Walker County father fatally shot son while on video call with female relative, lawmen say," 4 Sep. 2019 Over the next couple of weeks, Jones took an increasingly hardline stance publicly, finally calling out Elliott for not honoring his existing contract during his radio show last week. Schuyler Dixon,, "Cowboys, Elliott have deal, ending long holdout," 4 Sep. 2019 Their petition was publicly released Tuesday with more than 40 signatories, including 20 current Google employees, but first sent to Stanford Sunday. Wired, "Planned Eric Schmidt Talk at AI Conference Draws Protest," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of publicly

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners 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

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