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possibility

[pos-uh-bil-i-tee] /ˌpɒs əˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural possibilities for 2.
1.
the state or fact of being possible:
the possibility of error.
2.
something possible:
He had exhausted every possibility but one.
Origin of possibility
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English possibilite < Late Latin possibilitās. See possible, -ity
Synonyms
1. chance, prospect, likelihood, odds.
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  • They are valuable, but he can do but common things with them because he knows not their possibilities.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • They are barren, till the imagination has tenanted them with possibilities of danger and dismay.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • One could not help feeling that he had studied the possibilities, and felt the danger.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • She had studied much over the possibilities of this girl's costume.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Do you see the possibilities, or the certainties of failure?

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
British Dictionary definitions for possibilities

possibility

/ˌpɒsɪˈbɪlɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state or condition of being possible
2.
anything that is possible
3.
a competitor, candidate, etc, who has a moderately good chance of winning, being chosen, etc
4.
(often pl) a future prospect or potential: my new house has great possibilities
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Word Origin and History for possibilities

possibility

n.

late 14c., "condition of being possible," from Old French possibilité (13c.) and directly from Latin possibilitatem (nom. possibilitas) "possibility," from possibilis (see possible (adj.)). Meaning "a possible thing or substance" is from c.1400. Related: Possibilities.

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