Definition of publicly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpəblik(ə)lē/


1So as to be seen by other people; in public: some weep publicly
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  • He was the last person in Britain sentenced to be publicly hanged, drawn and quartered.
  • The Aberdeen manager does not accept that he did the dirty on his players by publicly hanging them out to dry.
  • Hare turned King's evidence, but Burke was hanged and afterwards publicly dissected.
1.1 [often sentence adverb] Used in reference to views expressed to others and not necessarily genuinely felt: publicly, officials criticized the resolution, but privately they thought it tolerable
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  • But we rarely hear any of these views expressed publicly by mainstream politicians.
  • Some will feel pressured to publicly display views they do not agree with.
  • They might critique them privately, but not necessarily in print or publicly.
1.2By a government or the public rather than an independent, commercial company: publicly funded organizations a publicly owned company
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  • Another was that high-risk missions should be publicly, rather than privately funded.
  • Academies are publicly funded independent schools which provide education to students of all abilities.
  • Is he basically saying these are political organisations publicly funded by another name?


Note that the spelling is publicly, ending with the suffix -ly, not publically.

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Syllabification: pub·lic·ly

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