Why was clemency trending last week?


[prob-uh-blee] /ˈprɒb ə bli/
in all likelihood; very likely:
He will probably attend.
Origin of probably
1525-35; probable + -ly Unabridged
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  • In my opinion, you probably shouldn't teach online if: Your cell phone only makes phone calls.
  • This time probably isn't different.
  • You've probably promised yourself to get off the couch and get some exercise.
  • This is probably a good start for now, I just want to get the discusion rolling.
  • They'll probably just stay put.
  • If dandelions are growing in your lawn, the turf is probably thin and undernourished.
  • One would probably have to ignore all sorts of rude sounds.
  • Choppier waters are probably ahead: many analysts expect the price of oil to continue crawling towards $70, and beyond.
  • They can be hazardous to people and property, and you'd probably have to remove broken branches frequently.
  • In no case, probably, has time sufficed for the utmost possible amount of development.
British Dictionary definitions for probably


(sentence modifier; not used with a negative or in a question) in all likelihood or probability: I'll probably see you tomorrow
sentence substitute
I believe such a thing or situation may be the case
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Word Origin and History for probably

mid-15c., "plausibly," from probable + -ly (2). As a general purpose qualifier, 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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