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[puh-ten-shee-al-i-tee] /pəˌtɛn ʃiˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural potentialities for 2.
the state or quality of being potential.
something potential; a possibility:
Atomic destruction is a grim potentiality.
Origin of potentiality
From the Medieval Latin word potentiālitās, dating back to 1615-25. See potential, -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Every life has its potentiality of greatness, and as it is impossible to be outside God, the best is consciously to dwell in Him.

    Amiel's Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel
  • For in his opinion what is material is composite and possessed of potentiality.

  • Here are heights where the air is charged with potentiality of new life, hardly dreamt of by our faith on its low stagnant levels.

    Thoughts on religion at the front Neville Stuart Talbot
  • The same thing applies to the ideas of potentiality and actuality.

  • Matter may be either proximate or remote: potentiality is affirmed only of the proximate Matter.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • The grounds of their potentiality in this respect can be easily stated.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • In its potentiality it contains all things as essences, in the same manner as Intelligence does.

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 Plotinos (Plotinus)
  • In Him we have each 'a potentiality of wealth beyond the dreams of avarice.'

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • It shows that there was in it a potentiality for evil beyond compare.

British Dictionary definitions for potentiality


noun (pl) -ties
latent or inherent capacity or ability for growth, fulfilment, etc
a person or thing that possesses such a capacity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for potentiality

1620s, from potential + -ity, or else from Medieval Latin potentialitas, from potentialis (see potential).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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