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
Recent Examples on the Web Chauvin’s lawyer noted that dispatchers had described Floyd as between 6 feet and 6-foot-6 and possibly under the influence. Amy Forliti, Anchorage Daily News, "Prosecution witness: Video shows Derek Chauvin never took his knee off George Floyd’s neck area," 8 Apr. 2021 During cross-examination, Nelson noted that dispatchers had described Floyd as between 6 feet and 6-foot-6 and possibly under the influence. BostonGlobe.com, "Derek Chauvin never took his knee off George Floyd’s neck, use-of-force expert testifies," 7 Apr. 2021 Gunvor is one of several major commodities traders to have come under investigation by authorities in the U.S. and elsewhere for possible bribery, corruption, and—at times—for possibly manipulating commodities markets. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Former Gunvor Employee Pleads Guilty in Ecuadorean Bribery Scheme," 7 Apr. 2021 Sox manager Tony La Russa said the Sox didn’t want to risk bringing Anderson back too soon and possibly losing him for a longer period of time. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, "Tim Anderson will miss the Chicago White Sox home opener after going on the 10-day injured list with a strained hamstring: ‘You can’t replicate him’," 7 Apr. 2021 Don’t miss this exotic landscape, possibly Arizona’s most distinctive cluster of mountains. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "Road trip inspiration: Here are 7 things you don't want to miss in southern Arizona," 7 Apr. 2021 Dates and location: the baaree is planning to open Memorial Day weekend, possibly sooner, Daily said. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "2021 guide to Milwaukee-area beer gardens: Estabrook, Hubbard Park, Whitnall and more," 7 Apr. 2021 Overnight showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, with a low around 53. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "Get outside Wednesday: High will be near 80, but then showers are on the way," 7 Apr. 2021 There’s your lightning—and possibly another fire that will chew through a nearby tundra’s grasses, making way for yet more shrubs or trees and consequent warming. Matt Simon, Wired, "More Lightning in the Arctic Is Bad News for the Planet," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of possibly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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9 Apr 2021

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“Possibly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/possibly. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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