, more observably, most observeably
Descriptive of how something is discernible or perceptible: As the teacher, Mrs. Johnson, got older, she observably
became more impatient and stricter with her students.
Mr. Hathaway was known to be observably conceited and egocentric and therefore he wasn't voted into office again.
, more palatably, most palatably
1. Concerning how food or a beverage is agreeable to the taste: The dinners served in the fine restaurant in town was palatably appetizing and delicious, so Jim and Janet went there often!
2. Pertaining to how an idea or method is acceptable for an individual: Tony decided that he would accept the job because it was palatably suitable for him because of the satisfactory payment, friendly co-workers, and agreeable hours of work.
, more pardonably, most pardonably
Characterizing how something is excusable or forgivable: The guests to the ball were pardonably and fashionably late in arriving.
, more passably, most passably
1. Concerning how something is just good enough: Jane mentioned, "This winter coat will passably
do and keep me warm, I guess."
Many girls thought that Susan's brother was very handsome, but she thought he was just passably attractive.
2. Descriptive of how something is presented in a moderate or sufficient way or degree: Jack's mother thought that her son's high school grades were passably acceptable so as to apply to the junior college in town.
, more peaceably. most peaceably
1. Referring to how something is done in a quiet and nonviolent manner: In their marriage, Janice and Mark decided to live as peaceably as possible and never get into heated and aggressive arguments.
2. A reference to being undisturbed: Diana sat close to the fireside reading her book peaceably and contentedly.
, more perceivably, most perceivably
1. Conveying how something can be recognized or identified, particularly by hearing or by sight: When Mrs. Smart, the teacher, looked at the twins, she noticed that they were perceivably different in some ways.
2. Regarding how something is understood or comprehended: The statements June made about the accident were perceivably true, according to the police.
, more persuadably, most persuadably
1. Descriptive of how someone can be urged to do something: Jim's father asked him persuadably
to please take out the garbage before dinner.
2. Concerning how a person can be convinced to believe by imploring to reason or understanding: Mary used all kinds of arguments when asking her mother persuadably
if she could go to the seaside with her friends.
Jim tried to assure the police in a persuadably acceptable and cogent manner that he was never going to drink while driving again.
, more pitiably, most pitiably
Descriptive of how a person can create compassion or sympathy: The little baby cried pitiably after waking up after taking a nap in the afternoon.
, more pleasurably, most pleasurably
Referring to how something is done in a gratifying way: After Susan greeted her guests pleasurably, she felt very happy that everyone was there and enjoying themselves.
, more pliably, most pliably
1. Concerning how something can be bent or twisted: Ruth wanted to use the rubber band, which was pliably convenient, to wrap around the bag of coffee beans.
2. Descriptive of how a person can be easily influenced: Sometimes teenagers can be pliably guided by others to do things their parents don't want them to do!
3. Pertaining to how something is capable of being readily adjusted to various conditions: The contract was adapted pliably to fit the needs of the client.
, more predictably, most predictably
Referring to how something is able to be anticipated or expected: The Senator made a predictably hostile interruption when the man started to criticize him about his political position.
, more preferably, most preferably
Pertaining to how something is, by choice, more acceptable: John listens to the radio quite often, however he would preferably watch old movies on the television.
, more presentably, most presentably
Regarding how something is done in an acceptable and proper manner: The original painting hung presentably
above the fireplace for everyone to see.
Mary always dresses presentably when she goes to the theater or to the opera.
(pri ZOOM uh bli) (adverb
Regarding how something is assumed to be true without specific facts: Walt was presumably not aware that it would be sunny in the afternoon.
(suh POHZ uhd li) (adverb
Pretendingly, allegedly, believingly: Ronda was supposedly
Wilber's best friend and he could not imagine that she would tell such lies about him.
Supposedly the family should be able to drive to the city and home again in three hours.
David supposedly was to have started the new job last week. He had hoped to receive the contract to sign two weeks ago; but it was presumably delayed in the mail.
, more probably, most probably
1. Concerning how something is considered to be certain and without much doubt; very likely to be: The sky is covered with clouds and it is quite stormy outside, so it will probably
Jane said, "I tried calling up Susan, but she didn't answer the phone, so she is probably out shopping."
2. Pertaining to how something is easy to believe on the basis of available evidence: Since Jack is respected among his colleagues and has the qualifications, he will probably be elected for the new position in the firm.