possibility

noun
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 plural the 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

To avoid empty seats, Guimaraes said organizers are in contact with the local government about the possibility to have school children fill some of them. Mauricio Savarese And Debora Rey, chicagotribune.com, "Messi returns for another shot at Copa America title with Argentina," 13 June 2019 As temperatures in the region spike, many are concerned about the possibility of new blazes. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Man Trying to Kill Wasp Sparked California's Biggest Fire: 'Mother Nature, You Have No Control'," 13 June 2019 In a Tesla shareholder meeting yesterday, Elon Musk responded to a question about the possibility of the company creating an aquatic vehicle, one that could start on roads and go underwater. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Tesla Has a Submarine Car Design and Won't Share It," 12 June 2019 Officials from the two countries will meet on Wednesday about the possibility of sending the family back to Beni in Congo for treatment, the health ministry said. Rodney Muhumuza, Fox News, "Uganda confirms first Ebola case since virus broke out in Congo," 12 June 2019 Before leaving the stage, Letterman asked his guest about the possibility of a tour, which DeGeneres did not rule out. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ellen DeGeneres Urges Sexual Assault Victims to Speak Up: "It's Time For Us to Have Power"," 7 June 2019 He was convicted and sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole, according to the FBI. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Serial killer who strangled dozens of women confesses to killing two Cincinnati victims," 6 June 2019 The federal investigation also means that the defendants face stiffer sentences without the possibility of parole. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Feds indict Baltimore man on drug charges; police say he is tied to violent group of dealers," 6 June 2019 Vincent and the league office are in discussions with networks about the possibility of having refs in the booth to provide real-time analysis and explanations on fouls, as NFL broadcasts use. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "The SEC Grapples With Officiating in the Age of Outrage," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of possibility

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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possibility

noun

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

possibility

noun
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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