pos·​si·​bil·​i·​ty ˌpä-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce possibility (audio)
plural possibilities
: the condition or fact of being possible
archaic : one's utmost power, capacity, or ability
: something that is possible
: potential or prospective value
usually used in plural
the house had great possibilities

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web One possibility, much discussed, is that the clunkiness of the classification system itself contributed to the records’ mishandling. Jonathan Abel, Time, 18 Jan. 2023 One possibility would be that the puck caused a fracture of the cheekbone. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Jan. 2023 One possibility is that people dying from COVID-19 more recently were also sick with other respiratory viruses, such as flu and RSV, that weren’t circulating as widely earlier. Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2023 There's one other possibility: La Niña will show up in traditional form soon. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 11 Jan. 2023 That should earn him the right to be somewhat choosy this offseason, with a clear connection to the coaching staff of the Jets as one possibility. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Jan. 2023 Recently, the family has been debating one last possibility, Sangeeta said. Gerry Shih, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Jan. 2023 One possibility is that Southwest directors and executives have been focused on the wrong metric—its short-term stock price—over the past few years. Lila Maclellan, Fortune, 6 Jan. 2023 However one possibility the league didn't create a provision for is a potential Bills-Bengals rematch. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 6 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of possibility was in the 14th century

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“Possibility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/possibility. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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pos·​si·​bil·​i·​ty ˌpäs-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce possibility (audio)
plural possibilities
: the state or fact of being possible
: something possible

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