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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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  • But things are unbearable just until we have them to bear; their possibility comes with them.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Difficulties to conquer can only exist side by side with the possibility of not conquering them.

  • I almost think he was unaware of the possibility of doing otherwise.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • She could not allude to such things without at least a possibility of response.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Then it would be doubly hard to Mart to have had the possibility suggested.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
British Dictionary definitions for possibility

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 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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