probably

adverb
prob·​a·​bly | \ ˈprä-bə-blē How to pronounce probably (audio) , ˈprä(b)-blē\

Definition of probably

: insofar as seems reasonably true, factual, or to be expected : without much doubt is probably happy it will probably rain

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Synonyms & Antonyms for probably

Synonyms

assumably, doubtless, likely, presumably

Antonyms

improbably

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Examples of probably in a Sentence

The impact probably added all but the last few percent of Earth's mass and set the stage for Earth's and the Moon's subsequent evolution. — Mark Wilson, Physics Today, February 2008 It was no secret that McKay preferred the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat, and that, along with his innocent optimism and snark-free sincerity, probably makes him hopelessly old-fashioned. — Richard Hoffer, Sports Illustrated, 16 June 2008 But what these newly inaugurated gym rats probably don't know is that besides buffing up their bodies for summer, they're also buffing up their brains. — Christen Brownlee, Science News, 25 Feb. 2006 It will probably rain today. They will probably be here soon. It was probably the best concert I've ever been to. There were probably about 150 people at the wedding. “Are you going to the picnic?” “Probably.” “Can you finish painting the room today?” “Probably not.”
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Recent Examples on the Web

The awkward encounter would have probably been forgotten, but then fellow Okie Reba decided to speak out in favor of her home state. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Reba McEntire Had the Sassiest Response to Miranda Lambert's Public Dig at Blake Shelton," 8 Apr. 2019 That being said, there's pretty heavy evidence that Kylie has had multiple relationships that most fans probably didn't even know about (read: Cody Simpson). Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About All of Kylie Jenner's Ex-Boyfriends," 20 Mar. 2019 If that’s true, then a little power can probably do some bad, too. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The Bad Girls' Caucus Has Been Sworn In and Congress May Never Be the Same," 3 Jan. 2019 And RoseAnn DeMoro who, as head of the National Nurses Union has probably done more than anyone else over the years to shape the Medicare-for-all debate, said something interesting this weekend at a gathering of the Bernie faithful. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The $21 trillion Pentagon accounting error that can’t pay for Medicare-for-all, explained," 3 Dec. 2018 The trailer dropped an even bigger hint at the end though—Thorn, another fan favorite, is also (probably) on the way. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: The sordid tale of Starbreeze's stumbles, Overwatch players learn piano (with guns)," 1 Feb. 2019 Epic’s game giveaway continues this week with probably the most addictive game so far: Slime Rancher. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Diablo rises from the dead on GOG, Dead or Alive's $93 season pass, Halo on PC?," 8 Mar. 2019 So for the most part, your boobs are probably fine. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Are Your Boobs Normal? We Asked An Expert," 8 Mar. 2019 Calvin Klein is actively searching for a creative director who will lead the label in an overarching role, one that is focused on product design and merchandising (read: probably more underwear- and denim-clad celebrities). Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Calvin Klein Is Moving Into the Future Without a Runway Collection—But Likely More Underwear-Clad Kardashians," 7 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of probably

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for probably

see probable entry 1

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More Definitions for probably

probably

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of probably

: very likely : almost certainly

probably

adverb
prob·​a·​bly | \ ˈprä-bə-blē How to pronounce probably (audio) \

Kids Definition of probably

: very likely With dark clouds like those, it will probably rain.

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