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

There are so many possibilities for (consenting) perviness. Kate Sloan, Glamour, "25 Sex Fantasies Women Have That Are Totally Normal," 6 Apr. 2019 Number one on Washington’s list of concerns however is the increasingly close relationship between Turkey and Russia, and the possibility that Russia could get its hands on classified F-35 data. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Is Pausing Deliveries of F-35 Equipment to Turkey," 3 Apr. 2019 There’s also the possibility that your pillow or mattress is too firm. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Often to Buy a New Mattress and Pillow for the Best Sleep Possible," 28 Mar. 2019 Now, executives said—an intriguing possibility that probably won’t happen until 5G becomes mainstream. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "5G could be the foundation of next-gen 'cloud VR'," 27 Mar. 2019 Yet the possibility that Trump colluded with the Russians or engaged in other criminal behavior has become a constant undercurrent in Democratic politics. Steve Peoples, The Seattle Times, "Mueller findings flip Trump debate in 2020 campaign," 25 Mar. 2019 But the proof-of-concept offers tantalizing possibilities. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Are Now Transforming Saltwater Into Hydrogen Fuel," 20 Mar. 2019 Building connection long-distance is a complex process, starting with trying to circumvent the Great Firewall of China, a safety net barring danger and dissent, but also possibility and perspective. Shao Xinning, Seventeen, "This Teen Created Her Own Pen Pal Service in Order to Connect Girls Across China," 18 Mar. 2019 But at Hudson Yards—the mega development on Manhattan’s far West Side that opens Friday—they may be overwhelmed by the possibilities. Charles Passy, WSJ, "At Hudson Yards, Coffee Sellers Will Grind It Out," 14 Mar. 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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