possibly

adverb
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

Examples of possibly in a Sentence

he may possibly recover after such a serious mistake, but it doesn't seem likely
Recent Examples on the Web Some supporters contend she is being held in Russia as a pawn, possibly for a prisoner swap. Vladimir Isachenkov, Anchorage Daily News, 27 July 2022 Some supporters contend she is being held in Russia as a pawn, possibly for a prisoner swap. Vladimir Isachenkov, Chron, 27 July 2022 Instead he would be committed to a state mental hospital where he would be evaluated every six months, possibly for the rest of his life. Tonya Alanez, BostonGlobe.com, 26 July 2022 The shooting possibly started as a dispute between two groups and there were likely multiple shooters, according to the LAPD. Melissa Gaffney, ABC News, 24 July 2022 Taking this on as a partner would require an extremely motivated person who is prepared to hang in there, possibly for years, befriending this hurting child and loving his father. cleveland, 18 July 2022 Taking this on as a partner would require an extremely motivated person who is prepared to hang in there, possibly for years, befriending this hurting child and loving his father. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 18 July 2022 Taking this on as a partner would require an extremely motivated person who is prepared to hang in there, possibly for years, befriending this hurting child and loving his father. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 18 July 2022 Taking this on as a partner would require an extremely motivated person who is prepared to hang in there, possibly for years, befriending this hurting child and loving his father. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 18 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of possibly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Aug 2022

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“Possibly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/possibly. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for possibly

possibly

adverb
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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