potentiality

noun

po·​ten·​ti·​al·​i·​ty pə-ˌten(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce potentiality (audio)
plural potentialities
1
: the ability to develop or come into existence
2

Examples of potentiality in a Sentence

would like to see a colony on the moon as an actuality and not merely a potentiality
Recent Examples on the Web The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany, among others, did away with the fertilization language, opting instead for the idea of potentiality — that an embryo was defined by its capacity to generate a human being. Megan Molteni, STAT, 17 Aug. 2023 Stimson, while emphasizing the peace-time potentiality of the new force, made clear that much research must be undertaken to effect full peacetime application of its principles. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2023 Dolfino explained his interest in the education industry in this way stems from the potentialities higher education often affords. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2023 He was immediately captivated by the potentiality of computer software to do good in the world, citing Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg’s respective journeys to connect people via technology. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2023 That could also determine whether there are charges in connection with the other statutes there -- potentiality (ph). ABC News, 28 Aug. 2022 And that one, when connected to that other one, sparks something: an energy, a knowledge, a potentiality that is so much bigger than that one. Evan Nicole Brown, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 July 2022 What looks like emptiness is actually potentiality. Max Norman, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 This legislation established the federal drug classification schedule, which categorized certain drugs within five total groups based on their medical use and potentiality for abuse. David Cannady, sun-sentinel.com, 23 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of potentiality was in 1625

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“Potentiality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potentiality. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

potentiality

noun
po·​ten·​ti·​al·​i·​ty pə-ˌten-chē-ˈal-ət-ē How to pronounce potentiality (audio)
plural potentialities
1
: the ability to develop or to come into existence
2

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