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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Strangers publicly discussed my private life based on patently false information. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Unidentified Plane Bae Woman's Statement Confirms the Worst," 13 July 2018 The official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity. CBS News, "Author of Emmett Till book gave FBI interview recordings," 13 July 2018 In its statement Friday, the company said Mr. Cohen had asked Mr. Jimenez for ideas to lower drug prices and Mr. Jimenez provided some the industry had been discussing publicly. Michael Rothfeld, WSJ, "Novartis Played Down Ties to Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen, Report Says," 13 July 2018 Specifics about the settlement were not included in court records, and Dabertin said the two sides agreed not to publicly discuss the terms and conditions. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Whiting's Pierogi Fest settles with East Coast event in trademark dispute," 13 July 2018 Attorneys for the defendants have filed motions alleging improper grand jury proceedings in the Schlitterbahn case, but the motions are filed under seal and were not discussed publicly on Thursday. Steve Vockrodt And Lauren Fox, kansascity, "Schlitterbahn to tear down Verruckt water slide in KCK where young boy died in 2016," 12 July 2018 The official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity. Jay Reeves, Fox News, "Official: Renewed Emmett Till probe prompted by 2017 book," 12 July 2018 Village officials have been reticent to discuss the issue publicly since an early exchange in open session last spring, when some members of the public and village fire officials questioned the wisdom of seeking an outside contract for services. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Big Bend is still interested in contracting for fire and rescue services. But is it worth it?," 6 July 2018 Trump has also spoken with Thomas Hardiman, who has served with Trump’s sister on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, according to a person familiar with the conversation who also was not authorized to publicly discuss it. Catherine Lucey, Ken Thomas, Time, "Vice President Mike Pence Met With Supreme Court Contenders," 5 July 2018

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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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