even·​tu·​al·​i·​ty | \i-ˌven-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē \
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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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 His arrival on deadline day was an eventuality that the player himself didn't want. SI.com, "From Bayern to Ad Boards & Back Again: How a Dreadful Year in Swansea Won't Define Renato Sanches," 30 Mar. 2018 Save for the eventuality of injury, the plan is to have him stay down for an extended period to work on consistent execution of pitches that, due to their velocity, have little margin for error. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: Walks this way (like Myers); Diaz shows command," 9 July 2018 In anticipation of that eventuality, NASA asked six strangers to live on an isolated Mars-like environment in Hawaii for one year and recorded their experiences. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Best Podcasts of 2018 So Far," 5 June 2018 And the entire league has been braced and prepared for such eventualities. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Will restricted free agents be off limits to Heat?," 27 June 2018 That is worrying enough; even more significant is that Mexico had planned for exactly that eventuality. Rory Smith, New York Times, "For Germany, a Defeat Both Stunning and Foreboding," 17 June 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

: something that might happen : a possible event or occurrence

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