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

The Astros are optimistic their All-Star setup man will return in time for the postseason, but general manager Jeff Luhnow acknowledged earlier this week there is a possibility Pressly could be unavailable for the American League Division Series. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Ryan Pressly discusses his injury," 24 Aug. 2019 After receiving the results from these studies, there is a possibility that there may be more projects to come. Laura Bednar, cleveland.com, "Independence works to rectify flooding complaints throughout the city," 24 Aug. 2019 Kickoff return is also a possibility for Waddle after Josh Jacobs left for the NFL. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "How Jaylen Waddle wants to improve in ‘creative’ Alabama offense," 24 Aug. 2019 Given his place in the squad is under serious threat, Onda Vasca (via Mundo Deportivo) claim that a move to Real Sociedad is a real possibility for Monreal. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Sanches to Lille, Atletico Want 2 Midfielders, Rojo Going Nowhere & More," 23 Aug. 2019 The source also tells PEOPLE that with a spot open on the cast, there is a possibility of a new lady getting to hold an apple for season 12. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Bethenny Frankel's RHONY Exit 'Threw Everyone for a Loop,' No New Housewife Has Been Cast: Source," 23 Aug. 2019 There is the possibility these businesses will bring about major changes in the structure of Africa’s economy and society. Japan News-yomiuri, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Technological innovations will boost Africa’s growth," 22 Aug. 2019 Mateo, a shortstop who was batting .291 with 17 homers and 23 steals entering Thursday, could be a pinch-runner possibility. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "Interesting possibilities for A’s to consider in September," 22 Aug. 2019 Clowney has not signed his $15.9 million franchise-tag tender and there is the possibility the Texans, knowing Clowney will be an unrestricted free agent in 2020, may opt to trade him in 2019. oregonlive.com, "Houston Texans LB, former Oregon prep star Brennan Scarlett filling in nicely for Jadaveon Clowney," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of possibility

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for possibility

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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