pos·​si·​bil·​i·​ty | \ˌpä-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē \
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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Another possibility was a hyperthyroid condition, but that usually causes a fast heartbeat. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, "Vertigo, Panic and Trouble Breathing: What's Going On Here?," 19 Oct. 2018 According to Woelfel, the possibilities really are endless. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Behr Paint Announces Its 2019 Color of the Year, and You'll Actually Want to Try It," 23 Aug. 2018 With just one series remaining before the All-Star break, Correa declined to provide a timetable for his return, but did hint at the possibility of a rehab assignment during the weekend. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Carlos Correa taking positive steps in rehab," 12 July 2018 The agent of Switzerland and AC Milan full back Ricardo Rodriguez has appeared to have shut the door on the possibility of his player joining Tottenham Hotspur this summer, but hasn't ruled out the 25-year-old moving to another side. SI.com, "Ricardo Rodriguez's Agent Plays Down Spurs Links But Says Defender Open to Move Away From AC Milan," 6 July 2018 The design possibilities are endless, as are the hours of entertainment; just imagine the sparks of inspiration that may ignite a new generation of engineers. Vogue, "Day 9: Impress the Under-10 Crowd," 12 Nov. 2018 This opens up the possibility of life throughout various pockets on the Red Planet—though, make no mistake, this study doesn't prove there is life. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Mars May Have Enough Oxygen to Sustain Subsurface Life," 22 Oct. 2018 But when the possibility opened up to attend this year, its controversies still gave me pause. Monica Castillo, Marie Claire, "How Fantastic Fest Turned a Scandal Into an Opportunity for Redemption," 3 Oct. 2018 The new manufacturing agreement leaves open the possibility that AMD could turn to Samsung for some amount of its 7nm manufacturing. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "AMD’s next-gen CPUs, GPUs will all be built on TSMC’s 7nm process," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of possibility

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

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


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