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.
Recent Examples on the Web Trust in the company broke down at the end of last year as Holtec seemed to say one thing publicly while planning something else behind the scenes. Globe Staff,, 11 May 2022 In 2014, Gadde made Twitter the only Silicon Valley company to sue the U.S. government over gag orders on what tech companies could say publicly about federal requests for user data related to national security. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Monday, for the first time, investigators were able to say publicly she was strangled. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 9 May 2022 Neither the court or law enforcement officials have said anything publicly about possible threats to the institution or the justices, who are set to return in-person for a private conference on May 12. Byalexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 9 May 2022 And former two-term New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate who has publicly said he’s mulling another White House run in 2024, is also supporting Kemp. Fox News, 8 May 2022 American officials have acknowledged publicly that actionable intelligence was provided to the Ukrainians in the run-up to Russia’s invasion on Feb. 24, and that the practice has continued in the weeks since. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Lipski has frequently acknowledged publicly that the Fire Department’s racial makeup is not reflective of the city. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2022 But his identity wasn't publicly acknowledged until Monday, when the police chief changed course and released it, three days after passionate demands at the funeral of the 26-year-old native of Congo. CBS News, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of publicly

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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“Publicly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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