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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Contemporary Examples of possibility

Historical Examples of possibility

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for possibility


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 possibility

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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