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Words nearby probably
What does probably mean?
Probably means most likely or in all likelihood.
Probably is the adverb form of the adjective probable, meaning “very likely to occur or be true.” Probably is used when you think something will happen or turn out to be true, but you’re not certain enough to say it definitely will.
Example: My flight will probably arrive within the next few hours, but I can’t guarantee it.
Where does probably come from?
Probably came into popular use in the 1520s. It is formed from the word probable and the suffix -ly, which is used to make it into an adverb. Probable comes from the Latin probābilis, which means “likely,” “literally,” or “capable of standing a test,” and is equivalent to the verb probā(re) “to test.” This word gives us both probe and prove.
Probably is commonly used to express that you think something is likely to happen (as in He’ll probably be late) or could prove to be true (as in It probably costs more than that, so you should bring some extra money to be safe). In all cases, it implies that you’re not 100 percent sure. It’s stronger than maybe, but it still indicates doubt. It’s very rarely used with a negative or as part of a question. However, it can be used as a sentence substitute, meaning it can take the place of a full sentence to answer a question, as in Have you learned all you need to know about this word? Probably.
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What are some other forms related to probably?
- probable (adjective)
- quasiprobably (adverb)
What are some synonyms for probably?
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What are some words that often get used in discussing probably?
How is probably used in real life?
Probably is most commonly used in cases where you’re confident that something will happen or turn out to be true, but you can’t say for sure.
if somebody consistently talks badly about you but they (or others) just say "it's just a joke", they're probably not your friend
— Jason Zimmerman (@MVG_Mew2King) March 15, 2020
my next song out is probably my favorite song I’ve made in a long time
— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) December 10, 2019
Just saw @LittleWomen, which I’ll probably see a dozen times. It’s completely stunning and doctors should prescribe it. Go go go.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 29, 2019
Try using probably!
Is probably used correctly in the following sentence?
I’ll probably fall asleep on the couch tonight.
Example sentences from the Web for probably
If anything the work the two cops and the maintenance guy were doing deserves more respect and probably helped a lot more people.
However, more than 20 players on the ballot this year were probably worthy of being enshrined in Cooperstown.Conservative Curt Says His Politics, Not His Pitching, Kept Him Out of the Hall of Fame|Ben Jacobs|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The plan is to stretch it out as long as possible, then probably forget about it, and then suddenly remember it.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Anthony Goldstein probably chose a trip to the Quidditch World Cup over his Birthright trip to Israel.
I—I never felt that way about the presidency, as you—as you probably know.
Probably not one of those tribesmen has ever set foot on the American continent, let alone in Chicago.The Cruise of the O Moo|Roy J. Snell
Sabbata however traveled not by water, but by land, by way of Hebron and Gaza, probably joining a caravan through the desert.History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6)|Heinrich Graetz
The specific name griseus means gray, and probably has reference to the grayish color of the winter plumage.
"Then it's probably fortunate that I'm not busy at all," he said.Thrice Armed|Harold Bindloss
Probably most of the conducting fibrils leave at or near the termination of the thicker part of the fiber.