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[puh-ten-shee-al-i-tee] /pəˌtɛn ʃiˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural potentialities for 2.
the state or quality of being potential.
something potential; a possibility:
Atomic destruction is a grim potentiality.
Origin of potentiality
1615-25; < Medieval Latin potentiālitās. See potential, -ity Unabridged
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  • Yes to the complexity and the potentiality of eventually seeing it through.
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  • They are still with me, in all their innocence, potentiality and resolve.
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British Dictionary definitions for potentiality


noun (pl) -ties
latent or inherent capacity or ability for growth, fulfilment, etc
a person or thing that possesses such a capacity
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Word Origin and History for potentiality

1620s, from potential + -ity, or else from Medieval Latin potentialitas, from potentialis (see potential).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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