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

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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Todd publicly introduced Chase Chrisley's girlfriend, Lindsey Merrick, to his followers with a touching Instagram post that clearly expressed his approval of the young woman. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Here's What Todd Chrisley Really Thinks About Son Chase's New Girlfriend," 2 Feb. 2019 The suspect’s name has not been released publicly and no charges have been filed over either shooting. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A black security guard caught a shooting suspect — only to be shot by police minutes later," 23 Jan. 2019 The house is located just a couple hundred yards from a publicly accessible walk, Daily Mail notes, which has raised some concerns about their safety. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Prefer Cotswolds Farmhouse To Nottingham Cottage," 10 Jan. 2019 The only publicly available footage of what may be the drone is a short, grainy clip that appears to show a blurry dot above a runway. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "We Still Know So Alarmingly Little About How a Drone Shut Down an Airport for Two Days," 3 Jan. 2019 The hearing was the first opportunity council members had to publicly and directly vent their frustrations to key people behind the negotiations. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "New York City council members railed against Amazon in the hope of renegotiating the HQ2 deal," 12 Dec. 2018 And since the incident, neither Joy or Meghan have addressed their mini feud publicly. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Stars Joy Behar and Meghan McCain Get Into Huge Fight After George H.W. Bush Tribute," 3 Dec. 2018 Notable differences include the use of Cobalt Strike rather than custom malware; however, many espionage actors do use publicly and commercially available frameworks for reasons such as plausible deniability. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Russia’s Cozy Bear comes out of hiding with post-election spear-phishing blitz," 20 Nov. 2018 While the two have been publicly together for a while now, they haven't been spotted together on a red carpet for a long time. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Lili Reinhart Just Walked Down the Golden Globes Red Carpet Without Cole Sprouse," 7 Jan. 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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to deny responsibility for

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