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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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  • 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
  • It would be useless to attempt to exaggerate the possibilities of these properties.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • The sense of smell has a thousand raptures for the man whose nose has lived up to its possibilities.

  • This time he carried no weapon in his hand, and Pinto was quick to see the possibilities.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • 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


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
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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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