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[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for possibilities


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 possibilities



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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