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1. Perhaps: He hesitated, possibly remembering his unsuccessful last attempt.
2. Conceivably: Could they possibly be here already?
3. Under any circumstances: I can't possibly do it.
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sentence substitute, adv
a. perhaps or maybe
b. (as sentence modifier): possibly he'll come.
by any chance; at all: he can't possibly come.
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(ˈpɒs ə bli)

1. by merest chance; perhaps; maybe: Possibly he will show up.
2. by any possibility; conceivably: Could you possibly help me?
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1. 'possible'

Possible is an adjective. If something is possible, it can be done or achieved.

It is possible for us to measure the amount of rain.
Some improvement may be possible.

Possible is often used in expressions such as as soon as possible and as much as possible. If you do something as soon as possible, you do it as soon as you can.

I like to know as much as possible about my patients.
He sat as far away from me as possible.

Be Careful!
Don't say 'as soon as possibly'.

You also use possible to say that something may be true or correct.

It is possible that he made a mistake.
That's one possible answer.
2. 'possibly'

Possibly is an adverb. You use possibly to show that you are not sure about something.

Television is possibly to blame for this.
She is always cheerful, which is possibly why people like her.

You also use possibly when you are asking someone to do something in a very polite way. For example, you say 'Could you possibly carry this for me?'

Could you possibly meet me there tomorrow at ten?
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.possibly - by chancepossibly - 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.possibly - to a degree possible of achievement or by possible means; "they can't possibly get here in time for the funeral?"
impossibly - to a degree impossible of achievement; "long thought to be an impossibly difficult operation"; "impossibly far from sources of supply"
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1. perhaps, maybe, God willing, perchance (archaic), mayhap (archaic), peradventure (archaic), haply (archaic) Exercise may possibly protect against heart attacks.
2. at all, in any way, conceivably, by any means, under any circumstances, by any chance I couldn't possibly answer that.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
رُبَّمارُبَّما، من المُمْكِنمِنَ الـمُمْكِن
možnápodle své možnostisnad
ha csak egy mód van rálehetõség szerint
podľa svojej možnosti
belkielverdiğincemümkün olduğuncaolasılıkla
có thể


[ˈpɒsəblɪ] ADV
1. (= feasibly, conceivably) if I possibly cansi me es posible, si puedo
I go as often as I possibly canvoy siempre que puedo, voy lo más a menudo posible
how can I possibly come tomorrow?¿cómo voy a poder venir mañana?
could you possibly come another day?¿le sería posible venir otro día?, ¿podría venir otro día?
I can't possibly eat all thisme es totalmente imposible comer todo esto
I couldn't possibly allow itde ninguna manera lo voy a permitir
it can't possibly be true!¡no puede ser verdad!
she will do everything she possibly can to help youhará todo lo que esté en su mano or todo lo que pueda para ayudarte
he never does it if he can possibly help itsiempre que puede evitarlo lo evita
2. (= perhaps) "will you be able to come?" - "possibly"-¿podrás venir? -es posible or -puede que sí
possibly notpuede que no
of the 200 who apply, possibly five may be acceptedde los 200 solicitantes, tal vez se elija a cinco
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[ˈpɒsɪbli] adv
(= perhaps) → peut-être
Are you coming to the party? - Possibly → Est-ce que tu viens à la soirée? - Peut-être.
[can, can't] if you possibly can → si cela vous est possible
I can't possibly come → Je ne peux vraiment pas venir.
I can't possibly do that → Je ne peux vraiment pas faire ça.
to do everything one possibly can → faire tout son possible
(= conceivably)
The police? What could they possibly want with me? → La police ? Qu'est-ce qu'ils peuvent bien me vouloir ?
How can they possibly eat that stuff? → Mais comment peuvent-il manger ce truc-là ?
What could this possibly mean? → Qu'est-ce que ça peut bien vouloir dire ?
He couldn't possibly have said that! → Il n'a pas pu dire une chose pareille !
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


not possiblyunmöglich; I can’t possibly stay indoors all weekendich kann unmöglich das ganze Wochenende in der Wohnung sitzen; nobody could possibly tell the differencees war unmöglich, einen Unterschied zu erkennen; that can’t possibly be truedas kann unmöglich wahr sein; can that possibly be true?kann das (vielleicht doch) stimmen?; very or quite possiblyabsolut or durchaus möglich; how could I possibly have come?wie hätte ich denn kommen können?; how could he possibly have known that?wie konnte er das nur wissen?; he did all he possibly coulder tat, was er nur konnte; I have made myself as comfortable as I possibly canich habe es mir so bequem wie möglich gemacht; if I possibly canwenn ich irgend kann; I couldn’t possibly (polite formula) → ich kann unmöglich
(= perhaps)vielleicht, möglicherweise; possibly notvielleicht nicht, möglicherweise nicht
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[ˈpɒsəblɪ] adv
a. he did all he possibly couldha fatto tutto il possibile
as often as I possibly can → quanto più spesso posso
how can I possibly? → come posso?
I cannot possibly do it → non posso assolutamente or proprio farlo
could you possibly...? → potresti...?
if you possibly can → se le è possibile
b. (perhaps) → forse
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈposəbl) adjective
1. able to happen or be done. It's possible that the train will be delayed; We'll come as soon as possible; I'll do everything possible; She did the only possible thing in the circumstances.
2. satisfactory; acceptable. I've thought of a possible solution to the problem.
ˌpossiˈbilityplural possiˈbilities noun
something that is possible; the state of being possible; (a) likelihood. There isn't much possibility of that happening; There's a possibility of war; The plan has possibilities (= looks as if it may be a good one).
ˈpossibly adverb
1. perhaps. `Will you have time to do it?' `Possibly.'
2. in a way or manner that is possible. I'll come as fast as I possibly can; I can't possibly eat any more; Could you possibly lend me your pen?
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


مِنَ الـمُمْكِن možná muligvis möglicherweise πιθανόν posiblemente mahdollisesti éventuellement moguće possibilmente ことによると 아마도 mogelijk muligens prawdopodobnie possivelmente возможно möjligtvis อาจจะ olasılıkla có thể 可能地
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Possibly I am a hundred, possibly more; but I cannot tell because I have never aged as other men, nor do I remember any childhood.
Tess had never in her recent life been so happy as she was now, possibly never would be so happy again.
"Possibly your forest man, himself was captured or killed by the savages," suggested Captain Dufranne.
Possibly, too, Jonah might have ensconced himself in a hollow tooth; but, on second thoughts, the Right Whale is toothless.
His fancies had for the most part revolved about the unsettled political conditions of Henry's reign, for from these he felt he might wrest that opportunity which could be turned to his own personal uses and to the harm, and possibly the undoing, of the King.
In the diary of the late Hugh Morgan are certain interesting entries having, possibly, a scientific value as suggestions.
On my return home, it occurred to me, in 1837, that something might perhaps be made out on this question by patiently accumulating and reflecting on all sorts of facts which could possibly have any bearing on it.
He grasped as many as he could possibly hold, but when he tried to pull out his hand, he was prevented from doing so by the neck of the pitcher.
Thinking it might possibly be in the enjoyment of the elective franchise, he gave it a cordial and earnest grasp.
He is much addicted to overestimating his own perfections, and to undervaluing those of his rival or his enemy; a trait which may possibly be thought corroborative of the Mosaic account of the creation.
She informed me, with an appearance of perfect composure, that she needed rest, and that she had "new objects in view." She might possibly want me to assist those objects; and she might possibly return to the Entertainment.
To avoid, however, all contention, if possible, with these philosophers, if they will be called so; and to show our own disposition to accommodate matters peaceably between us, we shall here make them some concessions, which may possibly put an end to the dispute.