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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.

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. Gene Brown:

    One good thing about being young is that you are not experienced enough to know you cannot possibly do the things you are doing.

  2. President Biden:

    I believe we're at an inflection point in this country, one of those moments where the decisions we're about to make can change -- literally change -- the trajectory of our nation for years and possibly decades to come.

  3. Kamran Safi:

    Possibly the food resources (insects) are distributed over vast areas but in clumped heaps.

  4. General John Campbell:

    Now more than ever, the United States should not waver on Afghanistan, if we do not make deliberate, measured adjustments, 2016 is at risk of being no better, and possibly worse than 2015.

  5. Amie Schaefer:

    I am hoping to change the state blue, believe me, I have tried to turn everybody that I can possibly turn.

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    easily diffused or spread as from one person to another
    • A. arbitrary
    • B. contagious
    • C. ultimo
    • D. eminent

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