possibly

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adverb pos·si·bly \ -blē \

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

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

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First Known Use of possibly

14th century


POSSIBLY Defined for English Language Learners

possibly

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adverb

Definition of possibly for English Language Learners

  • —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


POSSIBLY Defined for Kids

possibly

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adverb pos·si·bly \ ˈpä-sə-blē \

Definition of possibly for Students

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


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