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

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 And a more serious disruption could yet come; Greece is the latest country to unveil a contingency plan for that eventuality that would include rolling blackouts in the worst case. David Meyer, Fortune, 25 July 2022 Anyone making investments with an ultimate payoff 10 to 15 years away will rightly be worried about the likely eventuality of a broader system of price controls being in effect by the time their medicine finally hits the market. Craig Garthwaite, STAT, 23 July 2022 In that eventuality, Europe would struggle to fill up its gas storage to comfortable levels before winter. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, 18 July 2022 There have been swings that hinted this was on the horizon, an eventuality Adley Rutschman would soon achieve if fans were patient enough to wait. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 16 June 2022 Goodness is not a constant, and the good fight is not always fought, but there is a strength and a resiliency and an eventuality to vox populi. David Marchese, New York Times, 10 June 2022 Perhaps planning for this eventuality, AIM’s creators had made the program intentionally difficult to remove. Michelle Delgado, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 May 2022 But this view has at least one major shortcoming; other than in the simplest of contracts, code cannot necessarily account for every eventuality. John Quinn, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Unlike in Crimea, the overwhelming majority of people in the Kherson region will oppose any such eventuality, experts said. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 5 May 2022 See More

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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 15 Aug. 2022.

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