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08:35 Sep 5, 2006
English to English translations [PRO] Science - Mathematics & Statistics
English term or phrase:probably and possibly
One of my lecturers in the university has always told us "there are not any synonym words in any language; if you begin to use one word instead of another due to similiar meaning, it means that you begin to "kill" one of these two words...".
Now i see how right he is, i always thought that "possibly and probably" had the same meaning but in a "postmarketing surveillance study" of a drug i saw that these words had two slightly different meaning. What i need to know is this difference. In this study, authors report their ideas about the relationship between the drug and the adverse events and they consider some of these events as "definitely, probably or possibly related to treatment". So i need to know what other words i can use instead of probaby or possibly or the extent of their "power" in order to give the difference in the degree of relationship.