pos·​si·​bly | \ ˈpä-sə-blē How to pronounce possibly (audio) \

Definition of possibly

1 : in a possible manner : by any possibility that's all she could possibly do
2 : by merest chance : perhaps possibly he will recover
3 : it is possible or imaginable : conceivably a political libel which may possibly damage me— G. B. Shaw

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Examples of possibly in a Sentence

he may possibly recover after such a serious mistake, but it doesn't seem likely

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Over 57,000 users, and possibly up to a million, have downloaded and installed a version of the Asus Live Update utility that was poisoned with a backdoor and hosted on the official Asus servers. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Update: Asus issues fix for ShadowHammer attack, and a tool to detect if your PC was affected," 26 Mar. 2019 Oh, inflammatory bowel disease, what could anyone possibly have done to deserve you? Korin Miller, SELF, "13 Surprising Medical Conditions That Can Cause Weight Gain or Loss (and When to Go to the Doctor)," 12 Nov. 2018 Ever notice that some college offense will line up and possibly go through some motion or quarterback cadence before 11 heads suddenly turn to the sideline? Andy Staples, SI.com, "Like It or Not, College Football Is Influencing the NFL," 12 July 2018 Her interminable stems were only surpassed by that of her of supreme confidence, inspiring even the most winterized New Yorkers to (possibly!) ditch the Wolfords this month. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Céline Dion's Bombshell Leg Reveal Is the Winter Inspiration We Need Now," 22 Jan. 2019 This brightened picture from the #GameofThrones S8 trailer reveals two men, possibly more, chasing down Arya. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "There's a Crazy Theory Explaining Why Arya Stark Was Running in the Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer," 8 Mar. 2019 How low can my expectations possibly be in order to get myself back on track? Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: How Sore Should I Be After Lifting Weights?," 1 Mar. 2019 The company announced the decision, which will imperil 3,500 jobs and possibly many more, at a news conference in Tokyo. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Honda to shut plant in Brexit-shaken Britain," 20 Feb. 2019 In what could be the most ambitious crossover event in music history, K-Pop superstars BTS may possibly be in the studio recording a song written by another pop superstar, the one and only Ed Sheeran. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "BTS Might Release a Song Written by Ed Sheeran," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of possibly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of possibly

used to say something might happen, exist, or be true but is not certain
used to show shock or surprise at something
used to ask for something politely


pos·​si·​bly | \ ˈpä-sə-blē How to pronounce possibly (audio) \

Kids Definition of possibly

1 : by any possibility That cannot possibly be true.
2 : by chance : perhaps Possibly it will rain.

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