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
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.
Recent Examples of possibility from the Web
Pichardo said one possibility would be to allow cars on Seventh Avenue early in the morning so businesses can receive deliveries, then turn the avenue over to foot travelers.
Tottenham has built in the possibility of having a safe standing area, in line with an experiment in place at Glasgow Celtic in Scotland.
Still, the board left open the possibility that the promoter can rework the contract and apply again — as long as the organizer nixes any plan to allow smoking on site.
But one of Trump’s short-list candidates, former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, withdrew from consideration, and the White House has been mum on other possibilities.
From their vantage, the possibilities of cross-border exchange look promising.
Close to seven years have passed since the Bulls had their audience with James in that Cleveland office building, a meeting that excited the organization, flush with possibilities for the future.
That the killer was free filled Ms. Gowins-Sowells’s mind with illogical possibilities.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole were unconstitutional for juveniles, and in 2016 the court decided that ruling should be applied retroactively.
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First Known Use of possibility
POSSIBILITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of possibility for English Language Learners
: 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
POSSIBILITY Defined for Kids
Definition of possibility for Students
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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