pub·​lic·​ly | \ ˈpə-bli-klē How to pronounce publicly (audio) \
variants: or less commonly publically \ ˈpə-​bli-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce publicly (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 administration Governor Janet Mills has vowed to enforce the vaccine mandate for workers at hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on Oct. 29, having publicly announced that deadline on Oct. 1., 16 Oct. 2021 Christopher Schroder, 52, had his police power suspended in August, but on Wednesday the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Officer and Cincinnati Police Department publicly announced he was being investigated. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 14 Oct. 2021 Thorns owner Merritt Paulson said the club didn’t renew Riley’s contract as a direct result of that investigation, but the club didn’t disclose the investigation publicly and Riley went on to continue to coach in the league. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 13 Oct. 2021 Clarke said Texas authorities were notified of the federal action before it was publicly announced Wednesday. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2021 Even longtime Trump law firms like Jones Day announced publicly that they wouldn't be involved in his legal challenges to the election. Katelyn Polantz, CNN, 13 Oct. 2021 The employees' identities have not been publicly announced, and motivation for the shootings was not revealed. NBC News, 12 Oct. 2021 No plans have been announced publicly, but the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans that plans the Columbus Day parade this summer sued the city's park district, demanding that one be restored. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 11 Oct. 2021 The Thorns dismissed Riley as coach in 2015 after a brief investigation, but didn’t publicly disclose why he was cut loose. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, 9 Oct. 2021

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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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20 Oct 2021

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“Publicly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of publicly

: in a way that is meant to 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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