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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Does this mean Joaquin is coming back or there is possibly a chance for Moose to return? Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "“Riverdale”’s Casey Cott On Saying Goodbye To Moose and Ashleigh Murray’s Big Move to “Katy Keene”," 7 Feb. 2019 Something to take the place of the television in one of their rooms, possibly? Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Ellen DeGeneres Gave Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas the Funniest Wedding Gift...Ever," 5 Feb. 2019 If all goes according to plan, these bantam pioneers will get up-close looks at Proxima b, the possibly habitable planet that circles the sun's nearest star, the red dwarf Proxima Centauri. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Interstellar Travel Requires a Long-Term Approach (and Humans Are Too Impatient)," 10 Aug. 2018 The company plans to start selling software for household tasks to other robot makers by 2020 and is looking at making its own personal-use robots, possibly with outside partners, Mr. Okanohara said. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, "Robot Solves a Problem Kids Can’t: Cleaning Their Rooms," 15 Oct. 2018 Quite possibly: The late Senator John McCain, Bush 41, and plenty of others have looked to that strategy. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Who’s In and Who’s Out of the 2020 Presidential Race—So Far," 3 Jan. 2019 In my experience, there are two types of people who give gifts to kids: the ones who give quiet gifts, and the ones who give Noisy Toys, possibly as a passive-aggressive way to annoy the parents. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Singing Baby Shark Toys Are Here to Get That Song Stuck In Your Head Forever," 30 Nov. 2018 The startup airline plans to begin flights within Vietnam later this year—or possibly in early 2019—using Hanoi as a hub, before adding routes to China, Japan, Korea, and eventually the U.S., according to their website. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Bamboo Airways: The New Vietnamese Airline That'll Make Flying to Southeast Asia Better," 13 July 2018 The company has battled with multiple privacy violations this year, including the big one in which 87 million users possibly had their information shared with Cambridge Analytica, a political group aligned with President Trump, in March. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook's Latest Fail Allowed Unauthorized Access to the Photos of 6.8 Million Users," 14 Dec. 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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