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probably

[prob-uh-blee] /ˈprɒb ə bli/
adverb
1.
in all likelihood; very likely:
He will probably attend.
Origin of probably
1525-1535
First recorded in 1525-35; probable + -ly
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  • "He was probably afraid to tell you," said Halbert, with a slight sneer.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • You will probably see me out again in a few days, if you take the trouble to look.

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  • "Because you'd probably have to go to the poorhouse," said Halbert, insolently.

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  • The poor devil had consumption, too, and probably he'll never see them again.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • probably there was no boy present whose suit was of such fine material as his.

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British Dictionary definitions for probably

probably

/ˈprɒbəblɪ/
adverb
1.
(sentence modifier; not used with a negative or in a question) in all likelihood or probability: I'll probably see you tomorrow
sentence substitute
2.
I believe such a thing or situation may be the case
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Word Origin and History for probably
adv.

mid-15c., "plausibly," from probable + -ly (2). As a general purpose qualifier, 1610s.

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