pos·si·bly | \ ˈpä-sə-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

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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

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Even today, Landgren-Lee feels a bit responsible for sending her down a path — that seemed rooted in good sense at the time — of motorcycle riding which could have possibly avoided her accident. Atreya Verma, azcentral, "Arizona Marine veteran Gabby Graves-Wake finds victory in adaptive sports after accident," 4 July 2018 Mike was added to a revised and expanded list that September, possibly to avoid any unpleasantness at the Lee family Thanksgiving dinner. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The First Big SCOTUS Rumor Sends Senator Mike Lee to the Bench," 28 June 2018 There is also consideration of playing one exhibition game (possibly against Southern Connecticut) and one scrimmage against a Division I opponent. Dom Amore, courant.com, "UConn Men: Dan Hurley's Workouts The Remedy For 'Soft' Play," 15 June 2018 If Argentina only manages a draw with Nigeria on June 26th, the country can’t possibly advance. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "All the ways Argentina can advance to the World Cup's knockout stage," 21 June 2018 The men were possibly running after each other, as shell casings were scattered around the parking lot, Metro Video reported. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Man injured in Cypress Station gunfight," 13 July 2018 Judge Sullivan delayed ruling on the request, to await the outcome of action in related litigation, and, possibly, to push the Tribune LBO litigants closer to a settlement. Peg Brickley, WSJ, "Judge Pushes Settlement Talks in Tribune LBO Court Fight," 10 July 2018 For moms, the advantages of nursing include reduced risks of breast and ovarian cancer, obesity, heart disease, and possibly, endometriosis. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Why breastfeeding is best, despite that Trump administration uproar," 9 July 2018 The ability to offer test drives and demos of unprecedented technologies on the Cobo Center's rooftop parking lot, and possibly in public streets, convinced all parties the show had to move from its traditional slot in January. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit auto show likely moving to June in 2020," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of possibly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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