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[ih-ven-choo-al-i-tee] /ɪˌvɛn tʃuˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural eventualities.
a contingent event; a possible occurrence or circumstance:
Rain is an eventuality to be reckoned with in planning the picnic.
the state or fact of being eventual; contingent character.
Origin of eventuality
1750-60; eventual + -ity Unabridged
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Examples from the web for eventuality
  • We've always kept back the next five or so in case of exactly this eventuality.
  • The only thing it does is make us less prepared for the eventuality.
  • We may, likewise, predict that there are certain things already prepared for this eventuality.
  • The lab has had years to prepare for this eventuality, and thus far there does not appear to be any significant source of concern.
  • It's only good management to try to plan for any eventuality.
  • Who knows, by then he may even merit his own question, an eventuality worthy of his curious character.
  • The government, which never foresaw such an eventuality, seems unsure.
  • The real problem, though, is how to get companies and public bodies spending money to cope with a non-guaranteed eventuality.
  • Now the question is whether they were negligent to not have prepared for this eventuality.
  • Further media had blown up a small eventuality in order to get wide publicity.
British Dictionary definitions for eventuality


noun (pl) -ties
a possible event, occurrence, or result; contingency
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Word Origin and History for eventuality

1759, "a possible occurrence," from eventual + -ity, on model of French éventualité.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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