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

From the possibility of a female president to coaching and compensation, society is constantly asking one basic question: Are men better than women? Lz Granderson, latimes.com, "Women could help women in sports by showing up to watch," 29 June 2019 The metro Detroit area is looking the possibility of severe storms as temperatures soar into the 90s on Friday, according to the National Weather Service in White Lake. Dixita Limbachia., Detroit Free Press, "Hot, stormy weather rolling in metro Detroit ahead of dry weekend," 28 June 2019 At the time, Justice Anthony Kennedy left the possibility open for some future remedies from the Court. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Big Data Supercharged Gerrymandering. It Could Help Stop It, Too," 28 June 2019 Calciomercato report however that there is even the possibility of Arsenal offering a new deal to Torreira to put an end to speculation, even while the midfielder's current contract is due to expire in 2023. SI.com, "Lucas Torreira Sale 'Vetoed' by Unai Emery as Arsenal Consider New Contract Offer," 28 June 2019 Three armed robbery suspects were arrested after leading Grapevine police on a chase into Irving on Friday morning, and authorities are looking into the possibility that they may be connected to other incidents in North Texas. Dallas News, "Armed robbery suspects nabbed in Irving, Grapevine after pursuit involving four DFW police agencies," 28 June 2019 There’s also the possibility the Leviathan will remain a fixture of every match, and its arrival may be triggered through a series of special conditions achieved by participating players. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apex Legends season 2 will arrive July 2nd with a better battle pass and massive map changes," 27 June 2019 But that does leave at least a few credible possibilities. oregonlive.com, "D.B. Cooper search leads to Bachelor Island; ex-FBI agent says suspect will get away with it ‘unless he confesses’," 27 June 2019 Only recently did Johnson decide to open up to friends about her situation as the possibility of LGBT-friendly housing emerged. CNN, "New York's new LGBT-friendly elder housing is a lifeline, but only for a few," 27 June 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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