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[pos-uh-blee] /ˈpɒs ə bli/
perhaps; maybe:
It may possibly rain today.
in a possible manner:
She has all the money she can possibly use.
by any possibility:
Could you possibly check this information for me?
Origin of possibly
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at possible, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I know, better than you possibly can, what reasons I have to trust the strength of his affection.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • I'd like to know how we can possibly guess what's what and why.

  • And, delighting in us as He does, God could not possibly stint us in what we earn from Him.

  • The moral customs of their countries were possibly held by them lightly.

  • possibly some were so tempted, and but for the difficulties in the way, might really have tried for this.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
British Dictionary definitions for possibly


sentence substitute, adverb
  1. perhaps or maybe
  2. (as sentence modifier): possibly he'll come
by any chance; at all: he can't possibly come
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for possibly

c.1400, from possible (adj.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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