Definition of possibility in English:


Syllabification: pos·si·bil·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ˌpäsəˈbilətē

noun (plural possibilities)

  • 1A thing that may happen or be the case: the theoretical possibility of a chain reaction [with clause]: there was always the possibility that he might be turned down
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    • There is always a possibility of unfairness and if a mistake is made nothing can be done about it.
    • Feeling remorse, there is always the possibility of applying the remedy to purify any wrong we have done.
    • There was always the possibility of a change in personal or family fortune.
    chance, likelihood, probability, hope; risk, hazard, danger, fear
  • 1.1The state or fact of being likely or possible; likelihood: there was no possibility of recompense for him
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    • In such a case there is no possibility of double jeopardy and no risk of double recovery.
    • The radiation emitted is, as you say, miniscule - so small that there is no possibility of harm.
    • But there was no possibility of that because racial subjugation was enforced by law.
  • 1.2A thing that may be chosen or done out of several possible alternatives: one possibility is to allow all firms to participate there are three possibilities for obtaining extra money
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    • He was not defensive, and prepared to admit alternative possibilities as possibilities.
    • Can you talk about how and why it was humanism that triumphed over alternative possibilities?
    • This was true even though an education by Catholic monks offered alternative possibilities.
  • 1.3 (possibilities) Unspecified qualities of a promising nature; potential: the house was old but it had possibilities
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    • Obviously, our hopes have been bigger than the qualities and possibilities of these people.
    • The potentialities and possibilities of the electronic medium have been put to use to achieve this end.
    • One of the most promising possibilities is the developing of flour-based food products.


late Middle English: from Old French possibilite, from late Latin possibilitas, from possibilis 'able to be done' (see possible).

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