Definition of possibility in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpäsəˈbilədē/

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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Syllabification: pos·si·bil·i·ty

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