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 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 This was, this was a black eye for not planning for this eventuality. NBC News, "Meet the Press - February 21, 2021," 21 Feb. 2021 To begin preparing for such an eventuality, Foing’s team is planning to test the deployment of radio antennas using robotic rovers designed by the German Aerospace Center. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "Telescopes on Far Side of the Moon Could Illuminate the Cosmic Dark Ages," 15 Jan. 2021 Planning for this eventuality had started in January. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, "What the San Francisco Bay Area Can Teach Us About Fighting a Pandemic," 4 Jan. 2021 Rookie coach Joe Judge and his staff have planned for almost any eventuality relating to either a positive COVID-19 test or an outbreak. Tom Canavan, courant.com, "Giants’ Kitchens downplays play-calling against Browns," 18 Dec. 2020 That eventuality seemed a long way away Thursday night, as large black tarps, each with a Mavericks logo, were placed over sections 117 through 120 to make AAC’s lower bowl seem less cavernous. Brad Townsend, Dallas News, "Mavericks still hoping to have fans at AAC this season after ‘Mavsmazing’ final preseason game," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of eventuality

1650, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eventuality was in 1650

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7 Mar 2021

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“Eventuality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eventuality. Accessed 7 Mar. 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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