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Supposedly vs. Supposably


[pos-uh-bil-i-tee] /ˌpɒs əˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural possibilities for 2.
the state or fact of being possible:
the possibility of error.
something possible:
He had exhausted every possibility but one.
Origin of possibility
1325-75; Middle English possibilite < Late Latin possibilitās. See possible, -ity
1. chance, prospect, likelihood, odds. Unabridged
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  • He wondered, in a hot, disjointed way, if there was no possibility of a rescue.

    The Pines of Lory John Ames Mitchell
  • That was a possibility, for he knew that the supply in the possession of Spain was a small one.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • By that I mean it should not be so small as to create the possibility of the wire breaking.

  • His was a hopelessly twisted mentality, and there was no possibility of salvage.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • Philosophically one scarcely sees either the necessity or the possibility of being born again.

British Dictionary definitions for possibility


noun (pl) -ties
the state or condition of being possible
anything that is possible
a competitor, candidate, etc, who has a moderately good chance of winning, being chosen, etc
(often pl) a future prospect or potential: my new house has great possibilities
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for possibility

late 14c., "condition of being possible," from Old French possibilité (13c.) and directly from Latin possibilitatem (nom. possibilitas) "possibility," from possibilis (see possible (adj.)). Meaning "a possible thing or substance" is from c.1400. Related: Possibilities.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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