[ puh-ten-shee-al-i-tee ]
/ pəˌtɛn ʃiˈæl ɪ ti /

noun, plural po·ten·ti·al·i·ties for 2.

the state or quality of being potential.
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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British Dictionary definitions for potentiality


/ (pəˌtɛnʃɪˈælɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

latent or inherent capacity or ability for growth, fulfilment, etc
a person or thing that possesses such a capacity
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Word Origin and History for potentiality



1620s, from potential + -ity, or else from Medieval Latin potentialitas, from potentialis (see potential).

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