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 What’s troubling is that this technology-gone-wrong nightmare feels like a plausible eventuality of today’s most intrusive technological issues. Don Oldenburg, USA TODAY, "Technology takes over in Joanna Kavenna’s distressingly dystopian, relevant 'Zed'," 14 Jan. 2020 Both seem designed for any eventuality—trampoline, wood shop, breakdancing. Alexandra Lange, The New Yorker, "Cas Holman’s Search for the Ideal Playground," 4 Oct. 2019 Trusting and trust-building is the foundation to this eventuality. Nikunj Laddha, Quartz India, "The Maharashtra political chaos is equal parts Game of Thrones and Game Theory," 25 Nov. 2019 But investors should be weighing up the cost of that second eventuality too. Washington Post, "Traders Make a Dangerous Bet on Brexit," 13 Mar. 2019 The difficulty for asset managers in such an eventuality is finding sufficient cash to repay exiting investors while preserving the structure of the portfolio without distorting market prices, according to Blanque. Washington Post, "A $1.6 Trillion Fund Warns of a Ticking Liquidity Bomb," 20 Sep. 2019 In the eventuality that Trump and Pence are removed from office simultaneously, additional cost savings could be achieved, Logsdon added. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, "Study: Millions of Taxpayer Dollars Could Be Saved by Impeaching Pence at Same Time," 10 Oct. 2019 An extra 30 billion pounds to 60 billion pounds of gilts annually (which would cover most eventualities) could probably be absorbed without a major shift higher in yields. Marcus Ashworth | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Pimco Is Getting It All Wrong About Britain," 7 Nov. 2019 Allowing for any and every available eventuality One part of the FMV-game equation that is easily overlooked is the human element—as in, actually casting actors. Anthony Mcglynn, Ars Technica, "Full motion, full emotion: Bandersnatch’s Emmys as a (literal) game changer," 26 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of eventuality

1650, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2020

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“Eventuality.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eventuality. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of eventuality

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

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