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 The anonymous juror wants to publicly discuss their service on the Taylor case. CNN, "Breonna Taylor grand juror responds to Kentucky AG's request to prevent juror from publicly speaking until after state appeal," 12 Oct. 2020 This account of Trump's reelection effort was compiled from interviews with nearly two dozen White House and campaign officials and Republicans close to the West Wing, many of whom were not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations. Jonathan Lemire, Star Tribune, "Trump's task: Resetting campaign that GOP fears is slipping," 11 Oct. 2020 Barr, too, has said publicly that Obama and former vice president Biden are not under investigation - dashing any hopes of charges against them. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump, lagging in polls, pressures Justice Department to target Democrats and criticizes Barr," 10 Oct. 2020 Authorities also have not publicly said whether the men were angry about Whitmer's coronavirus orders. Arkansas Online, "Whitmer plot a new twist in fight for battleground Michigan," 10 Oct. 2020 Authorities also have not publicly said whether the men were angry about Whitmer’s coronavirus orders. Dallas News, "13 charged in plots to kidnap Michigan governor, target police," 9 Oct. 2020 And a number of folks have said publicly that one of the reasons why the White House can't be transparent about the president's health is because of national security concerns. CBS News, "Former CIA Director John Brennan on ethics of intelligence, challenges to democracy," 7 Oct. 2020 Senators who condemned Trump privately said nothing publicly. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, "Inside the Lincoln Project’s War Room," 5 Oct. 2020 The statement contrasts what White House officials have said publicly so far. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Your questions about Trump and COVID-19, answered: When did he test positive? Does he have symptoms?," 2 Oct. 2020

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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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19 Oct 2020

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“Publicly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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