possibility

[pos-uh-bil-i-tee]

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.

Nearby words

  1. possessive adjective,
  2. possessive pronoun,
  3. possessor,
  4. possessory,
  5. posset,
  6. possible,
  7. possible world,
  8. possibly,
  9. possie,
  10. posslq

Origin of possibility

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

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British Dictionary definitions for possibility

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

possibility

n.

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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