What does possibly mean?

Definitions for possiblyˈpɒs ə bli

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word possibly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. possibly, perchance, perhaps, maybe, mayhap, peradventure(adverb)

    by chance

    "perhaps she will call tomorrow"; "we may possibly run into them at the concert"; "it may peradventure be thought that there never was such a time"

  2. possibly(adverb)

    to a degree possible of achievement or by possible means

    "they can't possibly get here in time for the funeral?"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Possibly(adverb)

    in a possible manner; by possible means; especially, by extreme, remote, or improbable intervention, change, or exercise of power; by a chance; perhaps; as, possibly he may recover

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'possibly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1561

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'possibly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #905

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'possibly' in Adverbs Frequency: #130


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of possibly in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of possibly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anais Nin:

    Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

  2. Andrew Wilson:

    The hurdle is still reasonably high for sovereign QE but our view is that it's very likely they will go down that route some time in the second or possibly third quarter of next year.

  3. Rory McIlroy:

    I used to be uncomfortable. There's added scrutiny and there's added criticism, but I learned to deal with it. It's just part of the title. I want to keep it for as long as I possibly can.

  4. Shari Smith:

    So how can you possibly be ungrateful in my situation? How can you possibly take this for granted? since the time he was [diagnosed], he’s been enthusiastic, and happy, and I’m not kidding.

  5. Douglas Adams:

    The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.

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