probably

adverb
prob·a·bly | \ ˈprä-bə-blē , 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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The basic structure of his story is probably well-known by now. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Is a Dystopian Send-Up of Dystopias," 13 July 2018 Kennedy most probably had joined Deutsche Bank by that time, Offit said. Salvador Rizzo, chicagotribune.com, "There is an unfounded conspiracy theory about the Supreme Court and Trump Tower Chicago," 14 July 2018 All kinds of specific provisions and doctrines can be pressed into service for this purpose, the most interesting of which in the short term is probably going to be the First Amendment. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh and the new judicial activism," 12 July 2018 Then probably going to relax a bit at home (at his rental place in Wimbledon). Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "Rafael Nadal has big advantage vs. Juan Martin del Potro in Wimbledon quarterfinals," 10 July 2018 Look, live sports is probably still going to have a role in people’s consumption habits moving forward. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Here’s what HBO’s new boss really said about the company’s plans under AT&T," 10 July 2018 That said, a visit to the town council to seek permission to play at the Liceu is probably, like a couple of other sequences, superfluous to dramatic requirements. Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Petitet': Film Review," 11 July 2018 But probably none of the billions who own a smartphone need critics wagging their fingers at us for these excesses. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018 One late night at the sorority hall, probably during a hard week of testing, everyone was a little out of it and my friend dared me to take a shot of ranch. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "8 Girls Get Real About Their Crazy Sorority Experiences," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of probably

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for probably

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The first known use of probably was in 1600

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probably

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of probably

: very likely : almost certainly

probably

adverb
prob·a·bly | \ ˈprä-bə-blē \

Kids Definition of probably

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

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