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Synonyms for probably

Synonyms for probably

with considerable certainty

easy to believe on the basis of available evidence

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It was probably one of the rude crosses not uncommon in churchyards in this county.
The Sicians, and also the Sicels, both of them probably spoke Greek.
When the governor heard this he probably trembled, so that our great chair shook beneath him.
The ranges of mountain peaks which Captain Bonneville speaks of, as rising from its bosom, are probably the summits of mountains beyond it, which may be visible at a vast distance, when viewed from an eminence, in the transparent atmosphere of these lofty regions.
To-day we must accept it as one of the earliest castles of the Conquest, probably not later than the time of Henry I.
And probably the half-unconscious rhapsody was a Fetichistic utterance in a Monotheistic setting; women whose chief companions are the forms and forces of outdoor Nature retain in their souls far more of the Pagan fantasy of their remote forefathers than of the systematized religion taught their race at later date.
Such men, therefore, are not the object of law; for they are themselves a law: and it would be ridiculous in any one to endeavour to include them in the penalties of a law: for probably they might say what Antisthenes tells us the lions did to the hares when they demanded to be admitted to an equal share with them in the government.
Besides, they could not help thinking that their sister Aglaya probably knew more about the whole matter than both they and their mother put together.
Two mounted Frenchmen, probably adjutants, were galloping up the hill.
I tried to write like this new master; but whether I had tried or not, I should probably have done so from the love I bore him.
Stephen Clark of Carmody persists in being most grateful to me for a suggestion which somebody else would probably have made if I hadn't.
You 'll probably find them in the coal-bin," said Polly, with the calmness of despair.
Some variations useful to him have probably arisen suddenly, or by one step; many botanists, for instance, believe that the fuller's teazle, with its hooks, which cannot be rivalled by any mechanical contrivance, is only a variety of the wild Dipsacus; and this amount of change may have suddenly arisen in a seedling.
Eighthly, a tooth of a Pachydermatous animal, probably the same with the Macrauchenia, a huge beast with a long neck like a camel, which I shall also refer to again.
The principles of definition, the law of contradiction, the fallacy of arguing in a circle, the distinction between the essence and accidents of a thing or notion, between means and ends, between causes and conditions; also the division of the mind into the rational, concupiscent, and irascible elements, or of pleasures and desires into necessary and unnecessary-- these and other great forms of thought are all of them to be found in the Republic, and were probably first invented by Plato.