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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The sense of possibility that came with this has been a tequila shot for those trying to push the Democratic Party leftwards. The Economist, "Fork in the roadShould the party move to the left or to the centre?," 12 July 2018 Doctors and patients need to be aware of the possibility for increased health risks for transgender women. Avichai Scher /, NBC News, "Study finds health risks for transgender women on hormone therapy," 9 July 2018 Forecasters issued a flash flood watch for much of Eastern Massachusetts, warning of the possibility of torrential rainfall coming down at more than 2 inches per hour. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "Thunderstorms bring much-needed relief from the heat," 6 July 2018 It’s well within the realm of possibility for Graham to collect double-digit TDs. Gary Gramling, SI.com, "David Johnson Is No. 2, Be Patient and Wait for Luck and Mahomes, the Non-Saquon Rookie You Want," 6 July 2018 Bringing Anthony back on a team-friendly deal is not out of the realm of possibility. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Where will Carmelo Anthony land? Lakers, Rockets among candidates," 6 July 2018 From faces and hearts on large buildings' inner pillars to a hat on a curbside fire hydrant, to a robot, haloed in pink, flashing a peace sign from a cinder-block wall, his images show a vast city-scape of possibility. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "4,000 miles of Detroit art: A man with a camera, a bicycle and a goal," 5 July 2018 None are outside the realm of possibility, said Village Administrator John Weidl. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mukwonago's downtown can change for the better. Now there's a plan to make that happen.," 3 July 2018 Those phrases are radical, by design; their purpose is to galvanize activist energy – and expand the boundaries of political possibility – by articulating a vision of transformative change. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Ocasio-Cortez’s Socialism Can Work In The Midwest – With a Rebrand," 3 July 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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