Openly O"pen*ly, adv. [AS. openlice.] 1. In an open manner; publicly; not in private; without secrecy. [1913 Webster]

How grossly and openly do many of us contradict the precepts of the gospel by our ungodliness! --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

2. Without reserve or disguise; plainly; evidently. [1913 Webster]

My love . . . shall show itself more openly. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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