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adverb uk   /ˈpɒs.ə.bli/  us   /ˈpɑː.sə-/

possibly adverb (NOT CERTAIN)

A2 used when something is not certain: He may possibly decide not to come, in which case there's no problem. used to agree or disagree when some doubt is involved: "Do you think this skirt might be too small for her?" "(Very) possibly - she has put on a bit of weight." "Will he come?" "Possibly not."
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possibly adverb (WITH CAN/COULD)

B2 used with "can" or "could" for emphasis: He can't possibly have drunk all that on his own! We did all that we possibly could to persuade her to come.B1 used in polite requests: Could I possibly ask you to move your chair a little? used when politely refusing offers: "Have another chocolate." "No, really, I couldn't possibly."
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