pos·​si·​bly ˈpä-sə-blē How to pronounce possibly (audio)
: in a possible manner : by any possibility
that's all she could possibly do
: by merest chance : perhaps
possibly he will recover
: it is possible or imaginable : conceivably
a political libel which may possibly damage meG. B. Shaw

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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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of possibly was in the 14th century

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“Possibly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/possibly. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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pos·​si·​bly ˈpäs-ə-blē How to pronounce possibly (audio)
: by possible means : by any possibility
that cannot possibly be true
: perhaps
may possibly recover

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