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Possibly avenge it, possibly not (8)


I believe the answer is:


'not' is the definition.

'possibly avenge it' is the wordplay.
'possibly' indicates anagramming the letters.
'avengeit' is an anagram of 'NEGATIVE'.

'possibly' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for negative that I've seen before include "Defeatist" , "A test result" , "Less than zero quantity" , "Expressing refusal, denial or disagreement" , "thumbs down" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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