possibly extinct

[ pos-uh-blee ik-stingkt ]
/ ˈpɒs ə bli ɪkˈstɪŋkt /

adjective Biology, Ecology.

(as categorized by the IUCN Red List) critically endangered to such an extent that evidence of its existence is profoundly limited and extremely difficult to verify: We can hope to find survivors among a possibly extinct species, but sadly we know how unlikely that is.Abbreviation: PE

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Origin of possibly extinct

First recorded in 2005–10
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