noun pos·si·bil·i·ty \ˌpä-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\

: a chance that something might exist, happen, or be true : the state or fact of being possible

: something that might be done or might happen : something that is possible

possibilities : abilities or qualities that could make someone or something better in the future

plural pos·si·bil·i·ties

Full Definition of POSSIBILITY

:  the condition or fact of being possible
archaic :  one's utmost power, capacity, or ability
:  something that is possible
:  potential or prospective value —usually used in plural <the house had great possibilities>


  1. There is a strong possibility that I will not be chosen for the job.
  2. Have you considered the possibility that you may be wrong?
  3. My first two ideas didn't work, but I thought of a third possibility.
  4. The future holds untold possibilities.
  5. His degree and job experience give him a wide range of possibilities for a career.
  6. a man of undetermined possibilities
  7. The old house might not look like much now, but it has possibilities.

First Known Use of POSSIBILITY

14th century
POSSIBILITIES Defined for Kids


noun pos·si·bil·i·ty \ˌpä-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\
plural pos·si·bil·i·ties

Definition of POSSIBILITY for Kids

:  a chance that something may or may not happen or exist :  the state or fact of being possible <There's a possibility of rain today.>
:  something that may happen or exist <Life on other planets is a possibility.>


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