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publicly

[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 of publicly
1925-1930
First recorded in 1925-30; public + -ly
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  • "Some slaves have been publicly registered as adopted children," said Eudora.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • At length, carried away by impatience, I reprimanded him publicly.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • The Caucasian God was taken out of His pigeon-hole and publicly recognised.

  • "Do not take me publicly through the streets," said Arthur to his keepers.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • How will you do that, now that they are publicly entered upon?

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
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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