noun, plural pos·si·bil·i·ties for 2.

the state or fact of being possible: the possibility of error.
something possible: He had exhausted every possibility but one.

Origin of possibility

1325–75; Middle English possibilite < Late Latin possibilitās. See possible, -ity

Synonyms for possibility

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Related Words for possibilities

talent, promise, potentiality, prospects, capabilities

Examples from the Web for possibilities

Contemporary Examples of possibilities

  • Mr. Bachner stayed because he realized the city is filled with artisans and the possibilities fascinated him.

  • Parker left the place that he knew for the possibilities that he would not have had in the Texas of a generation ago.

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  • The possibilities seem endless: Who needs a trip to the liquor store when the toddler can turn water into wine, amirite?

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  • The possibilities of the types of cuisine that can be made are endless once you turn pot into butter (or oil) to cook with.

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  • He produced for the airlines awaiting delivery of 747 fleets sketches of the possibilities.

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Historical Examples of possibilities

  • They are valuable, but he can do but common things with them because he knows not their possibilities.

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  • They are barren, till the imagination has tenanted them with possibilities of danger and dismay.


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

  • She had studied much over the possibilities of this girl's costume.

  • Do you see the possibilities, or the certainties of failure?

British Dictionary definitions for possibilities


noun plural -ties

the state or condition of being possible
anything that is possible
a competitor, candidate, etc, who has a moderately good chance of winning, being chosen, etc
(often plural) a future prospect or potentialmy new house has great possibilities
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Word Origin and History for possibilities



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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