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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Recent Examples on the Web The move is, if nothing else, an attempt by four tribal nations to publicly shame the U.S. government for the apathy has always shown Indigenous communities—especially those tribal governments that lack the coveted federal recognition status. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "America’s Climate Refugees Are Pleading for Help. The Government Has No Answer.," 24 Jan. 2020 Leary began to speak out publicly, encouraging young people to take LSD recreationally. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Psychedelics: Can getting high improve your mental health?," 24 Jan. 2020 But Democrats with few other options in the impeachment trial might have some hope of redress from a justice who publicly describes himself as a free-speech advocate. Bob Egelko,, "His role ceremonial so far, Roberts’ views could still impact impeachment trial," 23 Jan. 2020 Mayor Jim Lane, Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp and other city politicians publicly expressed their disapproval of the group being allowed to speak. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "A church sent 15,207 emails to Scottsdale opposing Satanist invocation, trial reveals," 23 Jan. 2020 He was publicly denounced by family for his excesses. Sarah Abrevaya Stein, The Conversation, "Vital Hasson, the Jew who worked for the Nazis, hunted down refugees and tore apart families in WWII Greece," 21 Jan. 2020 Intel hasn’t publicly announced any cuts and declined to comment on its plans. oregonlive, "Intel plans layoffs in data center group," 17 Jan. 2020 Any plans for a personal Twitter account have yet to be publicly shared. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Everything We Do (and Don’t) Know About Meghan and Harry's New Roles in the Royal Family," 17 Jan. 2020 Except for their two initial message threads, thefinaltheory hasn’t posted on Above Top Secret or otherwise publicly surfaced since February 2007. Tim Mcmillan, Popular Mechanics, "The Tale of the Tape," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of publicly

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of publicly was in 1534

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27 Jan 2020

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“Publicly.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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to assert without proof or before proving

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