his ambitions in that direction have well been on pause for years
This phrase rolled off my tongue (or fingers, as I was typing), but I stopped to ask myself, and couldn't come up with a good answer, and neither could Google, so here I am asking — what exactly does "has well been" mean? I found a small number of example usages from google for context:
It has well been documented/recognised/established/known ...
The order of subject, object and verb has well been known
Poliphilo's language has well been described as Joycean
And in light of your answer, does the phrase that rolled off my tongue make sense?