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 Their Black Friday ad became publicly available at the end of October, and the 31-page catalogue features deals that run all month, starting November 7 and running through Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "The best sales happening on Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019," 4 Nov. 2019 Both statements come in response to an EPA proposal for a new rule that would generally bar the agency from using studies that do not make their underlying data publicly available. David Malakoff, Science | AAAS, "Major journal editors blast EPA’s ‘secret science’ rule, again," 26 Nov. 2019 Both parties reached a settlement of $200,000, according to publicly available documents, in 2013. Sameer Rao,, "This firefighter died in a training exercise. A new mural in Southwest Baltimore pays tribute to her memory.," 25 Nov. 2019 Amnesty said the company provided input and publicly available documents. Frank Bajak,, "Amnesty International calls Facebook, Google rights abusers," 21 Nov. 2019 By analyzing historical disaster information, publicly available census data and predictive models of risk and resilience, our tools will be able to identify and prioritize key decisions, like what kinds of infrastructure investments to make. David Wild, Quartz, "Data science could reshape climate change disaster response," 21 Nov. 2019 Verizon Wireless on Tuesday became the second cellular carrier to offer publicly available 5G mobile service in Houston, though its Ultra Wideband product initially is limited to handful of locations around the city. Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle, "Verizon launches mobile 5G service in Houston," 19 Nov. 2019 But the publicly available portions of the Mueller report suggest that evidence exists to the contrary. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Impeachment Investigators Exploring Whether Trump Lied to Mueller," 18 Nov. 2019 The clergymen’s names, their religious assignments and other information included in Anderson’s report were derived from publicly available sources such as legal settlements and from survivors’ claims. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "At least 102 Catholic clergy members accused of sexual abuse served in Colorado, new report says," 13 Nov. 2019

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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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1 Dec 2019

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“Publicly.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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