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[puhb-lik-lee] /ˈpʌb lɪk li/
adverb
1.
in a public or open manner or place.
2.
by the public.
3.
in the name of the community.
4.
by public action or consent.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; public + -ly
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Examples for publicly
  • Intensely private partnerships have become publicly traded companies.
  • Yet she continues to be publicly critical of the police state that her homeland has become.
  • He began hallucinating and, for reasons unknown, publicly parading around in the buff.
  • Lee has never discussed her output, or lack of one, publicly.
  • Nearly every profession publicly honors its top performers with an award.
  • The fruits of a publicly funded gene research consortium were supposed to be released into a public database.
  • Instead, head out to the public markets and manage a publicly traded company.
  • Professors are charged to profess, to acknowledge their views publicly.
  • To have the paper accepted, two cultures of the strain must be publicly available.
  • Problems with emergency equipment and disaster procedures are far more pervasive than publicly described.
British Dictionary definitions for publicly

publicly

/ˈpʌblɪklɪ/
adverb
1.
in a public manner; without concealment; openly
2.
in the name or with the consent of the public
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Word Origin and History for publicly
adv.

1560s, "in public," from public (adj.) + -ly (2). From 1580s as "by the public." Variant publically is attested from 1812, perhaps based on the fact that publicly is the only exception in this class of words, which as a rule are spelled -ically though often they are pronounced otherwise.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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