Share this entry
publicly Syllabification: pub·lic·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈpəblik(ə)lē/

Definition of publicly in English:


1So as to be seen by other people; in public: some weep publicly
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of publicly in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources