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Definitions for possibly
ˈpɒs ə blipos·si·b·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. possibly, perchance, perhaps, maybe, mayhap, peradventureadverb

    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. possiblyadverb

    to a degree possible of achievement or by possible means

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Possiblyadverb

    Etymology: from possible.

    Within the compass of which laws, we do not only comprehend whatsoever may be easily known to belong to the duty of all men, but even whatsoever may possibly be known to be of that quality. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 8.

    Can we possibly his love desert? John Milton.

    Possibly he might be found in the hands of the earl of Essex, but he would be dead first. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Arbitrary power tends to make a man a bad sovereign, who might possibly have been a good one, had he been invested with an authority circumscrib’d by laws. Addison.

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  1. possibly

    Possibly refers to something that has a chance of happening or becoming true; it indicates uncertainty or indicates the potential for certain situations or conditions. It can also suggest an event or action that is permissible or achievable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Possiblyadverb

    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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of possibly in a Sentence

  1. Orison Swett Marden:

    When a man feels throbbing within him the power to do what he undertakes as well as it can possibly be done, and all of his faculties say amen to what he is doing, and give their unqualified approval to his efforts, - this is happiness, this is success.

  2. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson:

    We’re very definitely in a new environment, because of ISIL’s effective use of social media, the Internet, which has the ability to reach into the homeland and possibly inspire others.

  3. Rosa de Winter-Levy:

    ‘I saw Anne Frank and Peter van Pels in Westerbork. They were always together. (…) In Westerbork Anne was lovely, so radiant that her beauty flowed over into Peter. (…) Perhaps it’s not the right expression to say that her eyes were radiant. But they had a glow, if you know what I mean. And her movements, her looks, had such a lilt to them that I often asked myself: Can she possibly be happy? She was happy in Westerbork, though that seems almost incredible.’

  4. Dick Cheney:

    I want to make the case for secrecy in government when it comes to the conduct of national security affairs, and possibly for deception where that's appropriate.

  5. Ri Su Yong:

    In addition to victims from Japan and the Republic of Korea, the Commission of Inquiry recorded cases of abductions and enforced disappearances of nationals of Lebanon, Malaysia, Romania, Singapore, and Thailand, and possibly others.

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