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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)
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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
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Is probably used correctly in the following sentence?
I’ll probably fall asleep on the couch tonight.
Example sentences from the Web for probably
Ancient people probably stopped briefly at Alathar, perhaps while following herds of elephants or other creatures through the region, the researchers say.Seven footprints may be the oldest evidence of humans on the Arabian Peninsula|Bruce Bower|September 17, 2020|Science News
Such an experience of the harmony between a landscape and its lifeforms is probably not the result of objective analysis.What the Meadow Teaches Us - Issue 90: Something Green|Andreas Weber|September 16, 2020|Nautilus
Unlike many creatures, it survived the massive volcanic eruptions in what’s now Siberia that upset the chemistry of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans and probably triggered the Permian mass extinction about 252 million years ago.Ancient Lystrosaurus tusks may show the oldest signs of a hibernation-like state|Susan Milius|September 16, 2020|Science News
Beetles probably do some actual pollination for the plant, says Santos.‘Vampire’ parasite challenges the definition of a plant|Susan Milius|September 16, 2020|Science News For Students
Pactiv Evergreen probably makes the plastic containers that Red Lobster uses to wrap up your leftovers.
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
I—I never felt that way about the presidency, as you—as you probably know.
The “pilot flying” was more probably the far less experienced copilot.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A moderately enlarged testis (probably regressing) was noted in the specimen from Pisté, on July 21.
You may, you probably will, differ very widely upon much that I have here put before you.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Results are easily and quickly obtained, and are probably accurate enough for all clinical purposes.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
Probably the swallows were nesting in the cenote although the nests were inaccessible to view.
John was baptizing at a large pool called Ænon-by-Saleim,—probably allegorical, meaning “Fountain of Repose.”Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway