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

Another possibility, right-hander Jon Duplantier, doesn’t seem to be far enough along in his recovery from shoulder inflammation. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Carson Kelly happy to hit ‘reset button’ since trade to Diamondbacks," 12 July 2019 And a postseason berth is becoming a real possibility, with the A’s trailing Cleveland by 1½ games for the second wild-card spot. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "‘A lot like last year’: A’s hope to get healthy, make moves for postseason," 12 July 2019 There's a lingering possibility of rain in the forecast for Friday: 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Nicole Hensley, Houston Chronicle, "Tropical Storm Barry forms in Gulf of Mexico, threatening Louisiana but sparing Houston," 11 July 2019 In looking to determine what caused the crash, police are considering multiple possibilities, including whether the driver suffered a medical emergency. Mark Gomez, The Mercury News, "San Jose: Driver dead after crashing into house," 10 July 2019 The possibility that another 7-magnitude quake will strike is 3%. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "2 earthquakes in 2 days: Comparing the quakes that hit Southern California," 6 July 2019 With his position being changed on the next game a distinct possibility, 81 is our prediction. SI.com, "FIFA 20: Every Borussia Dortmund Player's Predicted Ultimate Team Rating," 5 July 2019 The possibilities, like Jack Dawson’s career potential up until around March of 1912, are endless. Marc Snetiker, EW.com, "Celine Dion wears Titanic necklace, makes waves," 3 July 2019 Marques Bolden leaves early Bolden, one of the players on Cleveland’s list of two-way contract possibilities, played just eight minutes before getting pulled. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers still winless at Salt Lake City Summer League, smothered by Utah Jazz 86-71," 2 July 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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