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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While top-tier agencies have dedicated staff for such an eventuality, their practice is left to the discretion of management companies. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "In Europe, the Model Age Debate Rages On," 12 Apr. 2019 For the reasons noted above, this eventuality seems highly unlikely. John C. Bogle, WSJ, "Bogle Sounds a Warning on Index Funds," 29 Nov. 2018 In the case of my family, our plan in the eventuality of another hurricane is already in place. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "If Climate Change Is Causing You Anxiety or Even Grief, Experts Say You are Not Alone," 19 Oct. 2018 Those eventualities would put the public-debt ratio on an even steeper upward curve. Desmond Lachman, WSJ, "Debt Denial Is a Threat to America," 14 Jan. 2019 Before a screen is ever set, Capela reads the moment for all its eventualities. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Breakaway: Clint Capela Stakes His Claim," 18 May 2018 So, in an effort to combat that kind of eventuality from recurring, the league is doing something innovative with its 18-game conference schedule. David Scott, charlotteobserver, "To chase NCAA bids, C-USA will shuffle basketball schedule -- with season in progress," 29 May 2018 Ibrahimovic also appeared on US chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live! to further tease a possible return, but coach Anderson has now moved to extinguish talks of such an eventuality. SI.com, "Sweden Boss Rules Out Possibility of Zlatan Ibrahimovic Returning to Sweden Squad for World Cup," 26 Apr. 2018 For men, the to-do list included getting a job, becoming a protector and provider, being prepared for eventualities that required brawn, such as skinning a moose or felling a tree. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, BostonGlobe.com, "The triumph of gender-neutral ‘adulting’," 7 July 2018

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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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