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 Except for a tiny number of people possibly involved in the planning of the disastrous September 30th Movement, almost everyone killed and imprisoned was entirely innocent of any crime. Vincent Bevins, The New York Review of Books, "How ‘Jakarta’ Became the Codeword for US-Backed Mass Killing," 20 May 2020 Arizona Cardinals: Shaun Wade Wade would possibly be paired opposite All-Pro corner Patrick Peterson or replace him, as the 30-year old enters a contract season. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Which Ohio State football players will be 2021 first-round NFL Draft picks in Cleveland? Surveying the mocks," 19 May 2020 Using neural nets with sufficient computational power will go way beyond what humans can possibly do on their own. Ray Kurzweil, Wired, "AI-Powered Biotech Can Help Deploy a Vaccine In Record Time," 19 May 2020 Birds, for instance, have never evolved live birth, possibly because the energy cost of flying while pregnant is unsupportable. Quanta Magazine, "Egg Laying or Live Birth: How Evolution Chooses," 18 May 2020 Those plans have been widely discussed in the media and could start in the coming weeks, with matches possibly starting by early July. Cincinnati Enquirer, "FC Cincinnati workouts: 'At least you see your friends, your teammates and have a good day'," 18 May 2020 This will keep your machine working efficiently and mean less maintenance, hassle, and possibly a longer life for your air fryer in the long run. Southern Living, "Cleaning Your Air Fryer Is Not a Dreadable Task," 16 May 2020 But even that was only a more callous representation of deeper, subtler trends whose effects were more insidious, and possibly more damaging, to the world’s most vulnerable populations. Láolú Senbanjo, Quartz Africa, "African countries need to challenge the idea of a homogenous approach to Covid-19," 16 May 2020

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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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22 May 2020

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“Possibly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/possibly. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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