even·​tu·​al·​i·​ty | \ i-ˌven-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē How to pronounce eventuality (audio) \
plural eventualities

Definition of eventuality

: a possible event or outcome : possibility

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Examples of eventuality in a Sentence

He planned carefully and was ready for any eventuality. a cure for that form of cancer seems like a certain eventuality—it's just a matter of time

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In the eventuality of the Brazilian leaving, the French champions have their eyes firmly set on the Argentine to fill that attacking void. SI.com, "PSG 'Already Working' on Paulo Dybala Image Rights Ahead of Proposed Move From Juventus," 25 Aug. 2019 The military is preparing for the eventuality of facing swarms of suicide drones on the battlefield, each carrying an explosive payloads or prepared to make a suicide attack. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Wants To Microwave Drones in Midair," 13 Aug. 2019 Health officials and aid organizations have dreaded Ebola's arrival in Goma for months, and have been working to prepare for the eventuality -- which is partly why the case was immediately caught and isolated. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Ebola outbreak in Congo is a public health emergency of international concern, WHO says," 17 July 2019 Fernhout and other breeders want to be ready for the eventuality. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Breeders toughen up bees to resist deadly mites," 25 July 2019 Plagge allowed the Jews stationed in his camp to clandestinely build hiding places in the eventuality of the SS men’s arrival, designated to remove Jews from their camps under the guise of transporting them to safety only to kill them. Abigail Brone, courant.com, "Local doctor’s book about ‘good Nazi’ made into documentary film," 5 July 2019 At one point, Hill said fire district officers were watching a feed of their firefighters responding to one of those fires from a mobile monitoring station — set up in the eventuality of a spate of blazes set off by the Fourth of July celebrations. Leonardo Castañeda, The Mercury News, "Eleven fires in 30 minutes: Fireworks spark blazes throughout Contra Costa County," 4 July 2019 And if interest rates do rise or investment discipline breaks down, there are ways to hedge against those eventualities. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Future Looks Bright in Streaming Age, Say Wall Street Experts at AIMP Indie Music Publishing Summit," 11 June 2019 Trip insurance, in fact, is always a good idea, whether for geopolitical eventualities, or personal ones (an illness or other emergency). Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Is It Safe to Travel to the Dominican Republic Right Now?," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of eventuality

1650, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of eventuality

formal : something that might happen : a possible event or occurrence

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readily or continually undergoing change

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