I find it useful to give such a disclaimer when stating something from memory or personal knowledge but which I would not guarantee to be correct.

However, saying, e.g., "according to my knowledge" or "if I remember correctly" is also wordy and can be distracting.

There must be a one-word adverb that has a similar meaning or connotation (to one or both of these prhases), and I would appreciate if you could point it out.

I tried looking up 'recallingly' [which would be somewhat analogous to 'allegedly'], but it seems the word does not exist.

Edit: Of course, one could say 'perhaps' or 'maybe', but that has a somewhat different meaning because one could say 'perhaps' or 'maybe' without having any personal knowledge or memory of the thing in question. I would like to convey that I am not merely speculating or opining in the moment but that I have processed the information and now am passing it on to others as I have it in my mind.

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    Maybe you should show us your research. Perhaps the thesaurus has items you’ve discarded. But seriously, this must needs a verb not an adverb.
    – tchrist
    Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 0:27
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    You could try to revive "methinks." But, I ween, you'll not find that e'en in Gothick prose. If, ut opinor, you use the Latin, which could be found in science books into the 18th Century, you'd probably have to add "as Cicero says," or some such. Sorry, not very realistic.
    – Hugh
    Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 2:30
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    There is the abbreviation iirc which might serve you well in an informal situation. Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 3:21
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    To my knowledge, there is no such adverb as putatatively for personal recollection. But even putatively should show that an adverbial form might be a stretch.
    – stevesliva
    Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 3:54
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    AFAIK, we had to invent an initialism only because there was a void.
    – Kris
    Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 7:05

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You could say As I recall

That should do it


probably (adv.)

2. As a sentence adverb qualifying a whole statement: almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell; in all probability; most likely. (Now the ordinary use.)

Probably both causes operate to account for the failure to perceive the difference. OED

  • I won't add a second downvote, but 'if I remember correctly' may correspond to only an estimated 30% probabliity. And the hedge 'probably' will usually be added based on analysis of data rather than a consideration of the limitations of one's memory. Commented Aug 30, 2021 at 18:16

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