Definition of publicly in English:


Line breaks: pub|lic¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌblɪkli


  • 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.
  • 2By the state rather than an independent, commercial company: 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, not -ally.

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