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adverb     publicly pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    in a way that many people notice

    Kent publicly disagreed with his fellow doctors on many occasions.

    1. a.
      said or done so that people you do not know can see or hear you

      I hate it when she talks like that publicly.

  2. 2
    by the government, or by people in general

    a publicly owned health service


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