[ pos-uh-bil-i-tee ]
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noun,plural pos·si·bil·i·ties 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

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English possibilite, from Late Latin possibilitās, from Latin possibil(is) possible + -itās -ity

Other words for possibility

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How to use possibility in a sentence

  • The possibilities of certain branches of teaching have been altogether revolutionized by the cinematograph.

    The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
  • I admitted every one of these possibilities but said, every time, that taken together, they destroyed one another.

  • Though Caroline only brought with her a dot of forty thousand francs, she stood for what was better still, immense possibilities.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • No one could appreciate better than ourselves the unpleasant possibilities that stared us in the face.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • The latter are of particular interest, as their possibilities are in process of development.

British Dictionary definitions for possibility


/ (ˌpɒsɪˈbɪlɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. the state or condition of being possible

  2. anything that is possible

  1. a competitor, candidate, etc, who has a moderately good chance of winning, being chosen, etc

  2. (often plural) a future prospect or potential: my new house has great possibilities

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