[ puh-ten-shee-al-i-tee ]
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noun,plural po·ten·ti·al·i·ties for 2.
  1. the state or quality of being potential.

  2. something potential; a possibility: Atomic destruction is a grim potentiality.

Origin of potentiality

From the Medieval Latin word potentiālitās, dating back to 1615–25. See potential, -ity

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How to use potentiality in a sentence

  • Now, having the potentiality of producing, it produced within itself; its actualization was "being," and it was united thereto.

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
  • Besides, even if actualization be contemporaneous with potentiality, why should not the first rank be assigned to actualization?

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
  • Or, if it be insisted that actualization and potentiality must be simultaneous, both principles will be found depending on chance.

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)

British Dictionary definitions for potentiality


/ (pəˌtɛnʃɪˈælɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. latent or inherent capacity or ability for growth, fulfilment, etc

  2. a person or thing that possesses such a capacity

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