pub·​lic·​ly ˈpə-bli-klē How to pronounce publicly (audio)
variants or less commonly publically
: in a manner observable by or in a place accessible to the public : openly
: by the people generally
: 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 As part of the settlement, the teen was prohibited from discussing the case publicly and Pierceton Woods admitted no wrongdoing. Tony Cook, ProPublica, 28 Nov. 2023 The club is nearing a new one-year contract with outfielder Jason Heyward worth $9 million pending a physical, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who was unauthorized to speak publicly. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2023 The identity of the victim was not made publicly available because of Marsy's law, which grants protective rights to a victim of a crime. Landon Mion, Fox News, 26 Nov. 2023 Less crowded than Niseko, Furano has friendly locals and a good variety of accommodations and dining options, as well as publicly accessible hot spring baths at many of the main hotels. 04 Myoko Snow on Honshu is more copious than in Hokkaido, if not quite as dry. Selena Takigawa Hoy, Travel + Leisure, 24 Nov. 2023 The first group of 13 captives were transferred to Red Cross representatives in Gaza, who were to take them across the border into Israeli custody, according to the Israeli official, who was not authorized to speak publicly. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 Though results of the autopsy were not publicly shared, in an exclusive interview. Emma Steele, CBS News, 24 Nov. 2023 The Palestinian Authority is caught, wanting to stand publicly with Palestinian resistance against Israel, the Israeli security official said. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2023 Sow and Jalloh ran a large-scale counterfeit goods trafficking operation out of the storage facility from January 2023 through Oct. 20, according to the allegations contained in the indictment and other publicly available information. Michael Dorgan, Fox News, 16 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of publicly was in 1534

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“Publicly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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