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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Turcomans retired hastily, but I lagged behind, seeing in this eventuality a means of escape.

  • The eventuality he had not foreseen had appalled him as a humane man and a fond husband.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • As a matter of fact, such an eventuality is quite undreamed of, and nowhere in the world is it less likely to occur.

    Uruguay W. H. Koebel
  • We must face the situation like thinking men, prepared for any eventuality.

    The House Under the Sea Sir Max Pemberton
  • An agreement was come to without difficulty between the Allies as to the line of conduct to be adopted in such an eventuality.

British Dictionary definitions for eventuality


noun (pl) -ties
a possible event, occurrence, or result; contingency
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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