probably

[prob-uh-blee]
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Origin of probably

First recorded in 1525–35; probable + -ly
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Historical Examples of probably

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

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • "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.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • 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.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger


British Dictionary definitions for probably

probably

adverb
  1. (sentence modifier; not used with a negative or in a question) in all likelihood or probabilityI'll probably see you tomorrow
sentence substitute
  1. 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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