Adverbs That Start With P

Adverbs exist to provide greater description to verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. You've probably spotted them before by their -ly ending, although they don't have to end in -ly. Painfully is an adverb in the same way perhaps is an adverb. Without pause, let's pleasantly dive into 50 of the most popular adverbs that start P.

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50 Adverbs Starting With P

Here's a list of 50 of the most common P-adverbs. Beside them is a precisely petite definition, as well as a few synonyms:

Adverb

Definition

Synonym

painfully

in a manner that hurts

achingly, sorely, tortuously

partially

in an incomplete manner

incompletely, moderately, somewhat

particularly

something of a greater degree than is common

specifically, especially, notably

partly

not completely

comparatively, halfway, partially

passionately

in manner that shows strong feelings or emotions

intensely, lovingly, fervidly

patiently

in a manner that shows tolerance for delays or problems without becoming annoyed

calmly, meekly, tolerantly

peacefully

in a calm, non-violent, or friendly manner

tranquilly, quietly, calmly

perfectly

in a manner that could not be better

absolutely, flawlessly, totally

perhaps

possibly or maybe

conceivably, feasibly, likely

periodically

something done occasionally

regularly, repeatedly, systematically

permanently

in a manner that will last for all time

enduringly, lastingly, forever

personally

in one's own opinion; speaking for oneself

individually, subjectively, mentally

physically

in a manner relating to the body

corporally, bodily, materially

plainly

able to be perceived easily

obviously, clearly, simply

pleasantly

in a manner that is agreeable, enjoyable, or likable

agreeably, charmingly, cheerfully

please

used in polite requests or questions

kindly, generously, sympathetically

politely

in a manner that exhibits consideration for others

thoughtfully, considerately, agreeably

politically

in a manner that related to the government

nationally, governmentally, publicly

poorly

in a manner that is considered inadequate

unsatisfactorily, badly, inadequately

positively

in a manner that expresses optimism or agreement

absolutely, definitely, emphatically

possibly

by chance; in some way

haply, maybe, probably

potentially

with the possibility of happening in a given way

conceivably, likely, possibly

powerfully

in a manner that has a lot of strength, authority, or force

effectively, energetically, forcefully

practically

very nearly

almost, basically, essentially

precisely

in exact terms; without vagueness

exactly, specifically, accurately

predictably

in a manner that can be expected or anticipated

certainly, expectedly, surely

predominantly

for the most part

mostly, mainly, chiefly

preferably

in an ideal way

alternatively, willingly

prematurely

too soon; too early

precipitately, early, too soon

presently

something that is going on right now

currently, immediately, shortly

presumably

used to convey what is very likely

apparently, likely, probably

pretty

fairly or somewhat

tolerably, moderately, rather

previously

at an earlier time

already, formerly, before

primarily

for the most part

generally, primarily, originally

principally

for the most part

primarily, mainly, chiefly

privately

used to refer to a situation in which someone's thoughts and feelings are not disclosed to others

secretly, inwardly, personally

proactively

so as to look or plan ahead

ardently, eagerly, zealously

probably

likely to happen

feasibly, presumably, supposedly

professionally

in a manner appropriate to a working person

competently, efficiently, skillfully

profoundly

to an extreme extent

significantly, meaningfully, importantly

progressively

in stages

steadily, regularly, increasingly

prominently

in a manner that is very noticeable

notably, conspicuously, markedly

promptly

done without delay

immediately, quickly, hastily

properly

in a manner that is appropriate for the circumstances

correctly, fitly, suitably

proudly

with a feeling of satisfaction in one's achievements

boastfully, arrogantly, haughtily

psychologically

in a manner that relates to a person's emotional state

mentally, intellectually, theoretically

publicly

something done or said in an open place

candidly, honestly, openly

purely

in a manner that is unmixed with anything else

absolutely, completely, totally

purposefully

in a manner that demonstrates determination or resolve

deliberately, freely, wittingly

purposely

on purpose; intentionally

consciously, deliberately, knowingly


For even more adverbs to add to your lexicon, check out this List of 100 Adverbs!

What, Particularly, Is an Adverb?

Did you spot the adverb in the heading? "What Is an Adverb?" would've been perfectly fine (and, perhaps, a little less verbose). But, from time to time, adverbs can step in and provide more information for our verbs.

Although adverbs typically work alongside verbs, they're not strictly tied to them. They can also modify adjectives and other adverbs. A great way to spot adverbs is to look for words that end in -ly. Examples from the above list include "personally" and "possibly."

Let's take a closer look at what, principally, adverbs aim to do:

  • Adverbs Tell How It Happened: Adverbs like "progressively" describe how something was done.
  • Adverbs Tell Where It Happened: Adverbs like "publicly" describe the location of where something happened.
  • Adverbs Tell When It Happened: Adverbs like "presently" describe when something took place.
  • Adverbs Tell the Extent of an Action: Adverbs like "practically" describe the extent to which something did or did not happen.

For more on how adverbs work to intensify the meaning behind other words, check out these Examples of Adverbs.

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10 Example Sentences

Ready to take a promenade down a pathway lined with P-adverbs? Here are 10 sample sentences featuring adverbs that start with P.

  1. Peter's payment is partially complete.
  2. Penelope was particularly pleased to receive her new skirt and shoes.
  3. He passionately preached this Sunday's message.
  4. Paul will go to the mall periodically, if there's no other option.
  5. Priscilla has moved permanently to Argentina.
  6. The peonies pleasantly swayed in the breeze.
  7. Ever since that day, his demeanor has profoundly changed.
  8. The students properly lined themselves up for recess.
  9. Granny proudly displayed Keisha's high school diploma on her wall.
  10. She purposefully removed the name plate from her door.

Be Particular With Your Adverbs

As you pleasantly peruse your lists of adverbs, remember to be particular. Choose them wisely because seasoned writers know not to inundate their writing with too many bulky -ly verbs. Instead, opt for a unique verb, one that doesn't require modification.

Alas, don't let that deter you from pondering our lists of "Adverbs That Start With…" Start all the way back at A and let the journey unfold. You never know when you might need to pop in the occasional adverb into your next short story or poem.