Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Indicates that the proposition may be true (is not certainly false) regardless of any facts or circumstances known to, stated by or implied by the speaker.
  • adv. Indicates that the action may successfully be performed (is not impossible) regardless of any facts or circumstances known to, stated by or implied by the speaker that might limit the performance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a possible manner; by possible means; especially, by extreme, remote, or improbable intervention, change, or exercise of power; by a chance; perhaps.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a possible manner; by any power, moral or physical, really existing; by possibility.
  • Perhaps; perchance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. by chance
  • adv. to a degree possible of achievement or by possible means

Etymologies

possible +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "I talked it over as a supposititious case with Howe the other day, and he said that if Blair would agree, possibly -- mind you, only _possibly_; -- a divorce could be arranged."

    The Iron Woman

  • Could it possibly, * possibly* be that a genuinely fiscally conservative approach might bet better than what we've dealt with the past 16 years?

    Donklephant

  • “Hooray” can be dated back to 1686 and possibly comes from the German word “hurra,” thebattle-cry of Prussian soldiers during the War of Liberation (1812-13).

    blog – syllable studio

  • But he will face competition for the title possibly from within his own team.

    Tip of the Day

  • Ray borrowed the name possibly the phrase as well from his student David Myers, to whom he spoke about the writing of “Put Yourself in My Shoes”:

    Raymond Carver

  • Some players designate it the "cat"; the term possibly originating from its un-certainty; hence the expression, often used in connection with the spare hand -- "Let us hope she will not scratch us."

    Round Games with Cards A Practical Treatise on All the Most Popular Games, with Their Different Variations, and Hints for Their Practice

  • The IARC's use of the term "possibly" is key to the decision, as its expert panel determined that the information available is too limited to say anything with a greater degree of certainty, but is sufficient to warrant careful monitoring.

    Ars Technica

  • The most comical of the three pieces on show in Bangkok is STAND UP (2007), the title possibly a reference to stand-up comedy or any one of the numerous other conceivable subtexts or connotations.

    Bangkokpost.com : Breaking News

  • The term possibly derived from the 1940s product name

    Off Course-On Target

  • Mr. Mica said he would like to redirect the rail money to the Northeast corridor, which he described as possibly the only place in the country with enough population density to financially support high-speed train service.

    Wonkbook: Investors back Fed action; McConnell concedes on health care; Obama calls summit

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