potentiality

play
noun po·ten·ti·al·i·ty \pə-ˌten(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\

Definition of potentiality

plural

potentialities

  1. 1 :  the ability to develop or come into existence

  2. 2 :  potential 1

Examples of potentiality in a Sentence

  1. would like to see a colony on the moon as an actuality and not merely a potentiality

Recent Examples of potentiality from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'potentiality'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of potentiality

1625


POTENTIALITY Defined for English Language Learners

potentiality

play
noun

Definition of potentiality for English Language Learners

  • : a quality that can be developed to make someone or something better

  • : a chance or possibility that something will happen or exist in the future



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up potentiality? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

sad or melancholy

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!