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 Canadian publicly traded licensed producers that have been beset by missed and slow market development have bet heavily on these new product forms. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "2020 could be a defining year for the cannabis industry," 9 Jan. 2020 Lizzo has not publicly responded to Michaels, and reps for the artist have not replied to EW’s request for comment. Rachel Yang,, "Jillian Michaels defends criticizing Lizzo's weight, says people should prioritize their health," 9 Jan. 2020 Iran’s leaders, clerical, political and military, publicly vowed revenge. The Economist, "After the assassination How Iran can respond to the killing of Qassem Suleimani," 9 Jan. 2020 Ghosn, who was jailed for more than 100 days starting in November 2018, last spoke publicly in April. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Latest from Ex-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn's Press Conference," 8 Jan. 2020 What McGowan has experienced over the past few years illustrates an uncomfortable reality: People who speak out publicly about instances of assault and abuse do so at a substantial cost. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Rose McGowan’s Hijacked Life," 8 Jan. 2020 Social media wasted no time publicly appreciating Tom. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Tom Hanks's Shocked Expressions Were the Only Thing Worth Watching at the Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2020 And should bosses and founders air their own political views so publicly? Diksha Madhok, Quartz India, "How to talk about Modi with your boss," 6 Jan. 2020 The pair never confirmed the relationship or really talked about it publicly, but two years later, Hailee is finally ready to open up about it. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Fans Think Hailee Steinfeld Accused Niall Horan of Cheating in Her New Song “Wrong Direction”," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of publicly

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jan 2020

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“Publicly.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 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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