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possibility

[pos-uh-bil-i-tee] /ˌpɒs əˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural possibilities for 2.
1.
the state or fact of being possible:
the possibility of error.
2.
something possible:
He had exhausted every possibility but one.
Origin of possibility
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English possibilite < Late Latin possibilitās. See possible, -ity
Synonyms
1. chance, prospect, likelihood, odds.
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  • They knew about the possibilities of the small gadgets, brought down in production to the size of a pack of cigarettes.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • They are barren, till the imagination has tenanted them with possibilities of danger and dismay.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • The sense of smell has a thousand raptures for the man whose nose has lived up to its possibilities.

  • Do you see the possibilities, or the certainties of failure?

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • One day, exulting in life and its possibilities he writes, "Oh, it would be glorious to live life over a thousand times."

    Beethoven George Alexander Fischer
British Dictionary definitions for possibilities

possibility

/ˌpɒsɪˈbɪlɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state or condition of being possible
2.
anything that is possible
3.
a competitor, candidate, etc, who has a moderately good chance of winning, being chosen, etc
4.
(often pl) a future prospect or potential: my new house has great possibilities
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Word Origin and History for possibilities

possibility

n.

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.

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