publicly

adverb
pub·​lic·​ly | \ˈpə-bli-klē \
variants: or less commonly publically \ ˈpə-​bli-​k(ə-​)lē \

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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Strzok was testifying publicly on Capitol Hill for the first time since the release of a Justice Department inspector general report that heavily criticized his comments. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Gowdy slams Strzok: 'I don't give a damn what you appreciate'," 13 July 2018 Strzok, who has already spoken to the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees behind closed doors, is expected to testify publicly before the panels Thursday. Devlin Barrett And Karoun Demirjian, chicagotribune.com, "Maligned FBI agent denies accusations of bias against Trump before House committees," 12 July 2018 Alex Wong/Getty Images Peter Strzok, the FBI agent President Donald Trump says was at the center of a secret FBI conspiracy to thwart Trump’s presidential ambitions and elect Hillary Clinton, will testify publicly for the first time on Thursday. Alex Ward, Vox, "How to watch FBI agent Peter Strzok’s testimony in front of Congress," 12 July 2018 Page exchanged text messages that were highly critical of Trump with FBI agent Peter Strzok, who will testify publicly before the panels Thursday. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "House Republicans threaten FBI lawyer Lisa Page with contempt for ignoring subpoena," 12 July 2018 Strzok, who has already spoken to the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees behind closed doors, is expected to testify publicly before the panels Thursday. Anchorage Daily News, "House GOP threatens key witness in FBI probes with contempt," 12 July 2018 Page exchanged text messages critical of Donald Trump with FBI agent Peter Strzok, who will testify publicly before the panel Thursday. Nick Anderson, latimes.com, "Attorney: Ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page won't show for House interview," 11 July 2018 Page exchanged text messages critical of Donald Trump with FBI agent Peter Strzok, who will testify publicly before the panel Thursday. Mary Clare Jalonick, The Seattle Times, "Attorney: Ex-FBI lawyer Page won’t show for House interview," 10 July 2018 Adoption records for all six children remain sealed, but publicly available documents show that warning signs were missed or ignored. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, chicagotribune.com, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of publicly

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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publicly

adverb

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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