possibility

noun pos·si·bil·i·ty \ ˌpä-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of possibility

plural possibilities
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 plural
  • the house had great possibilities

Examples of possibility in a Sentence

  1. There is a strong possibility that I will not be chosen for the job.

  2. Have you considered the possibility that you may be wrong?

  3. My first two ideas didn't work, but I thought of a third possibility.

  4. The future holds untold possibilities.

  5. His degree and job experience give him a wide range of possibilities for a career.

  6. a man of undetermined possibilities

  7. The old house might not look like much now, but it has possibilities.

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First Known Use of possibility

14th century

possibility Synonyms



POSSIBILITY Defined for English Language Learners

possibility

noun

Definition of possibility for English Language Learners

  • : 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

  • possibilities : abilities or qualities that could make someone or something better in the future


POSSIBILITY Defined for Kids

possibility

noun pos·si·bil·i·ty \ ˌpä-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē \

Definition of possibility for Students

plural possibilities
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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