French translation of 'possibly'
1. (= perhaps) peut-être
Are you coming to the party? - Possibly. Est-ce que tu viens à la soirée ? - Peut-être.
2. [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
3. (= 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 !
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Example Sentences Including 'possibly'
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He had the star and a stage, so what could possibly go wrong?Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Possibly they may lose their taste for more war.Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 194445 (2007)
How could anyone possibly think otherwise?Times, Sunday Times (2016)
None of the plots could possibly happen in real life.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
What could that possibly mean for us?Times, Sunday Times (2015)
What more could you possibly need from your weekend?The Sun (2011)
What was the very worst thing that could possibly happen to them?The Sun (2015)
They may possibly clash with more imperative considerations.Middlemarch (1872)
An obvious question - possibly a daft one - but is there a fire risk?Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The comeback from three years of retirement has been harder than he could possibly have imagined.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
You have to consider all the options and there are more options than you could possibly think.The Sun (2013)
How does one possibly get anything else done?Times, Sunday Times (2008)
Possibly the meanest charge you brought to our attention is a fee for reclaiming lost property.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
So, you may wonder what could possibly need attention.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
You couldn't possibly invent something so fantastic.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
And possibly some bad ones.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Could he possibly have needed the money?The Sun (2013)
It will possibly take all they earn.The Sun (2008)
No one can possibly come close to him for entertainment, humour or wonderful sarcasm.The Sun (2008)
Or possibly these days something a little stronger.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Politicians have been in love with it for years - who could possibly be against it?Times, Sunday Times (2010)
So what could possibly go wrong in the new era of peace and European unity?Smithsonian Mag (2017)
The more this becomes an issue, the more social shaming will come about and people will possibly think in the morning to bring along their reusable cup.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The prospect of a third contender claiming the job, possibly one with a military background, is gaining ground.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
This is possibly why he thinks and writes like a civilian rather than a celebrity.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
But what else can possibly be going on?Times, Sunday Times (2013)
How long could it possibly take him to get out of the car and stretch?Times, Sunday Times (2010)
It is always best to avoid moralising if one possibly, possibly can.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Or are these attacks possibly reprisals against the government or civilized activity of any kind?Christianity Today (2000)
Your subconscious is actively working on acquiring your goals in more ways than you can possibly imagine.Self-Hypnosis (1994)
We are his third home and we do not think he could possibly go back.Superdog! Action plans that work for a happy and well-behaved pet (1990)
You may possibly feel some hunger pangs.Successful Fasting -the easy way to cleanse your body of its poisons (1990)
Trends of 'possibly'
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'possibly' in Other Languages
British English: possibly /ˈpɒsɪblɪ/ ADVERB
You use possibly to indicate that you are not sure whether something is true or will happen.
They were smartly but casually dressed; possibly students.
- American English: possibly
- Arabic: مِنَ الـمُمْكِن
- Brazilian Portuguese: possivelmente
- Chinese: 可能地
- Croatian: moguće
- Czech: možná
- Danish: muligvis
- Dutch: mogelijk
- European Spanish: posiblemente
- Finnish: mahdollisesti
- French: éventuellement
- German: möglicherweise
- Greek: πιθανόν
- Italian: possibilmente
- Japanese: ことによると
- Korean: 아마도
- Norwegian: muligens
- Polish: prawdopodobnie
- European Portuguese: possivelmente
- Romanian: posibil
- Russian: возможно
- Spanish: posiblemente
- Swedish: möjligtvis
- Thai: อาจจะ
- Turkish: olasılıkla
- Ukrainian: можливо
- Vietnamese: có thể
Translation of possibly from the Collins English to French Dictionary