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noun, plural e·ven·tu·al·i·ties.
  1. a contingent event; a possible occurrence or circumstance: Rain is an eventuality to be reckoned with in planning the picnic.
  2. the state or fact of being eventual; contingent character.

Origin of eventuality

First recorded in 1750–60; eventual + -ity
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noun plural -ties
  1. a possible event, occurrence, or result; contingency
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Word Origin and History for eventuality

1759, "a possible occurrence," from eventual + -ity, on model of French éventualité.

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