Meaning of “openly” in the English Dictionary

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"openly" in British English

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openlyadverb

uk /ˈəʊ.pən.li/ us /ˈoʊ.pən.li/

C1 without hiding any of your thoughts or feelings:

They were openly contemptuous of my suggestions.
We discussed our reservations about the contract quite openly.

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  • I'm tired of all these cloak-and-dagger meetings - let's discuss the issues openly.
  • He answered openly and honestly without hesitation or equivocation.
  • Dealers are openly plying drugs in school playgrounds.
  • Many parents feel reluctant to talk openly with their children.
  • They are openly scornful of the new plans.

(Definition of “openly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"openly" in Business English

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openlyadverb

uk /ˈəʊpənli/ us

without hiding any of your thoughts or feelings:

We discussed our reservations about the contract quite openly.

(Definition of “openly” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)