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  1. perhaps; maybe: It may possibly rain today.
  2. in a possible manner: She has all the money she can possibly use.
  3. by any possibility: Could you possibly check this information for me?
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Origin of possibly

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at possible, -ly
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  • I know, better than you possibly can, what reasons I have to trust the strength of his affection.


    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.

  • He could not think how it could possibly mean any other person.

British Dictionary definitions for possibly


sentence substitute, adverb
    1. perhaps or maybe
    2. (as sentence modifier)possibly he'll come
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  1. by any chance; at allhe can't possibly come
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Word Origin and History for possibly


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

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