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possibly

[pos-uh-blee]
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adverb
  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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Related Words

perhapsprobablylikelyconceivablymaybeperchanceperadventure

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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.


British Dictionary definitions for possibly

possibly

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

adv.

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

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