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Princeton's WordNet

  1. openlyadverb

    in an open way

    "he openly flaunted his affection for his sister"


  1. openlyadverb

    in an open manner, visibly, not covertly

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Openlyadverb

    Etymology: from open.

    Their actions always spoken of with great honour, are now called openly into question. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    Prayers are faulty, not whensoever they be openly made, but when hypocrisy is the cause of open praying. Richard Hooker.

    Why should you have put me to deny
    This claim which now you wear so openly. William Shakespeare.

    I knew the time,
    Now full, that I no more should live obscure,
    But openly begin, as best becomes
    The authority which I deriv’d from heav’n. Par. Reg.

    How grosly and openly do many of us contradict the plain precepts of the gospel, by our ungodliness and worldly lusts. John Tillotson, Serm. 5.

    We express our thanks by openly owning our parentage, and paying our common devotions to God on this day’s solemnity. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Too openly does love and hatred show:
    A bounteous master, but a deadly foe. Dryden.


  1. openly

    Openly refers to behaving in a way that doesn't hide one's actions, intentions, thoughts, or feelings, and is transparent and unashamed. It implies a lack of secrecy or deceit, as well as a willingness to be open to public scrutiny.

Editors Contribution

  1. openlyadverb

    In an open manner.

    They were discussing their lives openly at the table together and resolved so much by just looking into each others eyes and seeing the truth.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 31, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'openly' in Adverbs Frequency: #391

Anagrams for openly »

  1. poleyn

  2. onlepy

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of openly in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of openly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of openly in a Sentence

  1. Cris Thomas:

    Unfortunately that concern is manifesting itself in what some researchers feel is government overreach. This overreach is having a chilling effect on researchers many of whom have decided to no longer publish their findings or even worse stop researching all together, in some cases security researchers have taken to selling their information to anyone that will pay for them instead of openly publishing information.

  2. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair:

    The group and its members have openly encouraged, planned, and conducted violent activities against those they perceive to be opposed to their ideology and political beliefs.

  3. Federica Mogherini:

    I ... call openly upon Russia to use its considerable influence over separatist leaders and to stop any form of military, political or financial support.

  4. Ajit Kumar Singh:

    There is a battle going on in Bangladesh between fundamentalists and secularists, a blogger like Niloy Neel, the last one who was killed, was openly questioning fundamentalist thought. Organizations like Ansar Bangla wanted to shut him up -- and scare others into not talking.

  5. Jordan Pang:

    We don't understand why she didn't openly respond to the people's demands but prefer to do it through a closed-door meeting, we want to ask if the government sincerely wants to communicate with young people or if it's just another political PR show.

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