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possibility

Line breaks: pos¦si|bil¦ity
Pronunciation: /ˌpɒsɪˈbɪlɪti
 
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Definition of possibility in English:

noun (plural possibilities)

1A thing that may happen or be the case: relegation remains a distinct possibility [with clause]: there was the possibility that he might be turned down
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1 [mass noun] The state or fact of being possible; likelihood: there is no possibility of any government achieving this level of expenditure
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
opportunity, scope
rare workableness
1.2A thing that may be chosen or done out of several possible alternatives: one possibility is to allow all firms to participate
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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.
Synonyms
option, alternative, choice, course of action, solution, recourse
informal bet
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.
Synonyms
capability, ability, aptitude, capacity
informal what it takes

Origin

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

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