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

And just imagine the entertaining possibilities with one of these guys as your outdoor grilling companion. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "The Internet Is Freaking Out Over These Adorable Tiny Fridges," 25 Apr. 2019 The Wall Street Journal previously reported that Stephen Ryan, Mr. Cohen’s attorney at the time, discussed the possibility of a pardon with lawyers for Mr. Trump in the weeks after the Federal Bureau of Investigation... Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Cohen Told Lawyer to Seek Trump Pardon," 7 Mar. 2019 From hiking to rowing to, hell, underwater rock running, there are so many possibilities out there. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "9 Small but Impactful Health Habits to Lock Down in Your 20s," 19 Apr. 2019 There’s always the possibility that your manager could reject your request completely. Josephine Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "How to Ask For a Raise," 18 Apr. 2019 The larger the window or other aperture to increase visibility, the greater the possibility it could be penetrated by incoming tank projectiles, small caliber rounds, or artillery shrapnel. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "All-Seeing HD Cameras Could Solve Tanks' Biggest Weakness," 17 Apr. 2019 Lucy Diavolo examines the possibility that some supposedly impossible feats still might be easier than getting President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "4 Things That Might Be Easier Than Getting Donald Trump’s Tax Returns," 15 Apr. 2019 Nonetheless, the Trumps’ current prenup may include provisions that address the possibility. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Billion Dollar Divorces: What Happens When the Super Wealthy Risk Everything for Love on the Down-Low," 10 Apr. 2019 After amusing myself to no end with these possibilities, there was a race to the Pool room as Jacobs and Defrancesco officially welcomed their guests. Robert Fairer, Vogue, "Inside Marc Jacobs’s Fashion-Filled Wedding at the Grill," 9 Apr. 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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