even·​tu·​al·​i·​ty i-ˌven-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē How to pronounce eventuality (audio)
plural eventualities
: a possible event or outcome : possibility

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 The role of the credit rating firms is to assess the likelihood of those eventualities. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2023 There perhaps weren’t two football programs that were more heavily affected by that eventuality than 2022 state runner-up Juneau and semifinalist Bartlett. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Aug. 2023 With the onset of television, an eventuality not foreseen in the original contracts of the artists who created and appeared in the feature films, serials and shorts that made up so much of the content of the medium in the late 1940s and ’50s, calculating payments got even more complex. Thomas Doherty, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 July 2023 This eventuality presents—or, again, should present—a quandary. Ryann Liebenthal, The New Republic, 9 May 2023 Remember toxic positivity, the pressure to remain positive in any eventuality? Francesca Specter, Glamour, 31 July 2023 By harnessing the power of AI and telemedicine, ORO Health is contributing to a more accessible and patient-centric eventuality. Hessie Jones, Forbes, 17 July 2023 The company has been warning of bankruptcy is an eventuality since the start of the year, citing lower customer traffic and reduced levels of inventory availability, among other business struggles. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 24 Apr. 2023 But the job of government is to foresee these eventualities and do something to protect against them. Reid Frazier, The New Republic, 14 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1650, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eventuality was in 1650

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“Eventuality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eventuality. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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even·​tu·​al·​i·​ty i-ˌven-chə-ˈwal-ət-ē How to pronounce eventuality (audio)
plural eventualities
: something that might happen : possibility

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