probably

[prob-uh-blee]

adverb

in all likelihood; very likely: He will probably attend.

Nearby words

  1. probability theory,
  2. probability wave,
  3. probable,
  4. probable cause,
  5. probable error,
  6. probacteriophage,
  7. proband,
  8. probang,
  9. probate,
  10. probate court

Origin of probably

First recorded in 1525–35; probable + -ly

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British Dictionary definitions for probably

probably

adverb

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

sentence substitute

I believe such a thing or situation may be the case
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Word Origin and History for probably

probably

adv.

mid-15c., "plausibly," from probable + -ly (2). As a general purpose qualifier, 1610s.

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