possible - possibly


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

It is possible for us to measure his progress.

A breakthrough may be possible next year.

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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 the others as possible.

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Note that you do not say that someone does something `as soon as possibly' or `as much as possibly'.
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You also use possible to say that something may be true or correct.

It is possible that he said these things.

That's one possible answer.

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

Television is possibly to blame for this.

The threat was possibly not very great.

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For a graded list of words used to say how sure you are about something, see section on probability in entry at ↑ Adverbials.
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You also use possibly when you are asking someone to do something in a very polite way. For example, you say `Could you possibly give me a lift to town?'

Could you possibly find a moment to tell them I'll be in on Saturday.

For more information about requests, see entry at ↑ Requests, orders, and instructions.
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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • POSSIBLE — adj. des deux genres Qui peut être, ou qui peut se faire. Ce que vous dites est possible. Cela est difficile, mais cependant possible. Les êtres possibles. Il a éprouve tous les malheurs possibles. Cela est dans les choses possibles. Est il… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • POSSIBLE — adj. des deux genres Qui peut être, ou qui peut se faire. Ce que vous dites est possible. Cela est difficile, mais cependant possible. Il a éprouvé tous les malheurs possibles. Cela est dans les choses possibles. Est il possible que cela soit?… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • possible — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from Latin possibilis, from posse to be able, from potis, pote able + esse to be more at potent, is Date: 14th century 1. a. being within the limits of ability, capacity, or realization < a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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