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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It's also been used to publicly shame pedestrians into stopping jaywalking. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "San Francisco Is Preparing to Ban Facial Recognition Technology," 14 May 2019 The Borderlands 3 reveal has already been marred by ongoing lawsuits concerning Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, and then Pitchford publicly browbeating Game Informer after the gameplay reveal last week. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: John Wick tactics, a Blood remaster, and a survival-focused Ghost Recon," 10 May 2019 At this point, RFK Jr. has yet to publicly respond to the article. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "RFK Jr.'s Siblings Speak Out Against His "Tragically Wrong" Anti-Vaccine Views," 9 May 2019 Here, a look at Meghan's close friends and former co-stars who have been publicly reacting to the royal baby news: Patrick J. Adams. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Close Friends and Former Co-Stars React to Royal Baby News," 6 May 2019 Nicolle has publicly expressed doubts about French authorities’ account of a gunman killing five people near a Strasbourg Christmas market in December. Lori Hinnant, The Seattle Times, "French yellow vest movement dogged by intolerance, extremism," 29 Jan. 2019 While Fox News executives publicly express support for CNN, its on-air talent spent the past week trying to justify the White House’s decision to banish Acosta. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Even Trump’s favorite TV network supports CNN’s lawsuit against the White House," 14 Nov. 2018 Gabrielle Union publicly shared her infertility problems with her husband, Dwyane Wade, last fall, among them a harrowing eight failed IVF cycles and multiple miscarriages, before having a daughter at the age of 46 via surrogate. Jancee Dunn, Vogue, "How California Became the World’s Fertility Treatment Destination," 13 Mar. 2019 The man picking up trash has not been publicly identified by police. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Black Student Picking Up Trash Outside His Home Was Confronted by Boulder, Colorado, Police," 8 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of publicly

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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