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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
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English possibilite < Late Latin possibilitās. See possible, -ity
Synonyms
1. chance, prospect, likelihood, odds.
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  • He simply felt that chance had given him a new possibility to which his sick soul might cling.
  • The object of the student journalist's enthusiasm was the possibility of having her courses delivered as.
  • The possibility that ethical and commercial considerations will conflict has always faced those who run companies.
  • Large thunderstorms were likely, and tornadoes were a definite possibility.
  • The possibility of water ice here is an added bonus.
  • So you get the endorphin rush without any possibility of injury.
  • Executions also abrogate the possibility of redemption.
  • The possibility of losing ownership rights, they argue, is enough incentive for fishers to comply with the responsible behavior.
  • However, given the closeness of the vote, such an outcome is a distinct possibility.
  • Springtime brings the possibility of extreme weather, including violent thunder-storms and tornadoes.
British Dictionary definitions for possibility

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 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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