pos·​si·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌpä-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce possibility (audio) \
plural possibilities

Definition of possibility

1 : the condition or fact of being possible
2 archaic : one's utmost power, capacity, or ability
3 : something that is possible
4 : potential or prospective value usually used in pluralthe house had great possibilities

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Examples of possibility in a Sentence

There is a strong possibility that I will not be chosen for the job. Have you considered the possibility that you may be wrong? My first two ideas didn't work, but I thought of a third possibility. The future holds untold possibilities. His degree and job experience give him a wide range of possibilities for a career. a man of undetermined possibilities The old house might not look like much now, but it has possibilities.
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Recent Examples on the Web The outstanding lawsuits hamper state lawmakers’ ability to propose specific changes in the aftermath of the election because of the possibility that courts determine some processes to be improper. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Republicans focus on tightening election laws as lawsuits fizzle," 18 Nov. 2020 So, yes, the Heat will revisit Bradley Beal at some point if a trade possibility resurfaces. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Will Heat go from Giannis Antetokounmpo back to Bradley Beal?," 18 Nov. 2020 Officials have long feared a wave of coronavirus patients large enough to overwhelm hospital and intensive care capacity, and Ghaly said that’s a distinct possibility if the current surge continues unabated. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, "Hospitals could soon be overwhelmed amid COVID-19 surge, L.A. County officials say," 18 Nov. 2020 Another possibility lies in personalized mRNA vaccines that can stimulate the immune system to fight cancer. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The End of the Pandemic Is Now in Sight," 18 Nov. 2020 That semester will be shorter than normal and will not have a spring break in order to minimize the possibility that students travel around during the semester. Vandana Ravikumar, Dallas News, "Texas A&M chancellor encourages college students to get COVID-19 test before returning home for Thanksgiving," 17 Nov. 2020 Either way, the possibility that socialism and defunding the police might have kept some voters in some places in the Republican camp down ballot should not be discounted. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Don’t Blame the Left for the Democrats’ Losses," 16 Nov. 2020 Hammond has been hailed as the general manager who drafted Giannis, but Hammond himself deferred credit to Jeff Weltman, the assistant GM who first raised the possibility that Giannis would be special. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Seven fun takeaways from new podcast chronicling 'The Giannis Draft'," 16 Nov. 2020 There’s a possibility that Alabama’s injured star Jaylen Waddle could return to play before the end of the season. Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, "Could Alabama get Jaylen Waddle back this season?," 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of possibility

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of possibility was in the 14th century

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20 Nov 2020

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“Possibility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/possibility. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of possibility

: a chance that something might exist, happen, or be true : the state or fact of being possible
: something that might be done or might happen : something that is possible
: abilities or qualities that could make someone or something better in the future


pos·​si·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌpä-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce possibility (audio) \
plural possibilities

Kids Definition of possibility

1 : a chance that something may or may not happen or exist : the state or fact of being possible There's a possibility of rain today.
2 : something that may happen or exist Life on other planets is a possibility.

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