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[pos-uh-blee] /ˈpɒs ə bli/
perhaps; maybe:
It may possibly rain today.
in a possible manner:
She has all the money she can possibly use.
by any possibility:
Could you possibly check this information for me?
Origin of possibly
1350-1400; Middle English; see possible, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Leptin acts during a critical period early in life, possibly.
  • Once established, the plant is vigorous, possibly even invasive add to my plant list.
  • Poor management and lack of resources meant possibly waiting hours for police to respond to calls.
  • He was often drunk, belligerent and promiscuous-and possibly suicidal.
  • Once established, the plant is vigorous, possibly even invasive.
  • There are a couple of journals that may possibly consider reviewing my work.
  • More regime changes, possibly less peaceful ones, may follow as economic conditions worsen.
  • Next to them were tiles decorated with a red-and-white design, possibly from a public room.
  • We can't possibly take any more chickens, no matter how improbably compelling their stories are.
  • Early but intriguing research on mice suggests a new mechanism of aging, and possibly a way to stall it.
British Dictionary definitions for possibly


sentence substitute, adverb
  1. perhaps or maybe
  2. (as sentence modifier): possibly he'll come
by any chance; at all: he can't possibly come
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for possibly

c.1400, from possible (adj.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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