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
Recent Examples on the Web For Olynyk, there was a trade kicker in place in case of such an eventuality. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Can Heat simply ‘flip a switch’ for the playoffs?," 28 Mar. 2021 As Vivendi inches closer to an initial public offering for the Universal Music Group later this year, its shareholders have approved the latest maneuver on the road to that eventuality. Dan Rys, Billboard, "Vivendi Shareholders OK Distribution of 60% of UMG Shares," 29 Mar. 2021 Several tie-breaking procedures have been put in place for the eventuality of ties in the standings for the top eight places. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "Here's what FC Cincinnati needs to do to qualify for this year's U.S. Open Cup," 29 Mar. 2021 Charge your devices and be prepared for any eventuality with this emergency radio powered by the sun. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "All the gear you need for a great outdoor staycation," 26 Mar. 2021 As new intelligence streams in, Insight recalculates the relative likelihood of each eventuality. Arthur Holland Michel, Wired, "There Are Spying Eyes Everywhere—and Now They Share a Brain," 4 Feb. 2021 The short answer is that an adversary might cross the nuclear threshold first, and U.S. forces need to plan for this eventuality. Michael Krepon, Forbes, "Is The Pentagon Preparing To Fight The Wrong War?," 4 Mar. 2021 But insurance is typically a coldly rational business that seeks to forecast every eventuality — and capitalize on it. New York Times, "What Helped Save Some Sports From Financial Ruin May Not Happen Again," 26 Feb. 2021 The Scottsdale Stadium experience will be an important tool for the Giants, who operate the facility during the spring and who have spent months planning for every eventuality when Oracle Park re-opens. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants ready Scottsdale Stadium for fans, and get test run for Oracle Park, too," 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of eventuality

1650, in the meaning defined above

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“Eventuality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eventuality. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of eventuality

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

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