Definitions for possibilityˌpɒs əˈbɪl ɪ ti
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pos•si•bil•i•tyˌpɒs əˈbɪl ɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.
the state or fact of being possible.
something that is possible.
Origin of possibility:
1325–75; ME < LL
a future prospect or potential
"this room has great possibilities"
capability of existing or happening or being true
"there is a possibility that his sense of smell has been impaired"
hypothesis, possibility, theory(noun)
a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena
"a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"; "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices"
possibility, possible action, opening(noun)
a possible alternative
"bankruptcy is always a possibility"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
possibility(noun)ˌpɒs əˈbɪl ɪ ti
sth you can choose to do
One possibility is for you to go first.; Let's examine all the possibilities before deciding.
possibilityˌpɒs əˈbɪl ɪ ti
"Do you think he'll get the job?" "It's a possibility."; the possibility of life on other planets
The quality of being possible.
A thing possible; that which may take place or come into being.
An option or choice, usually used in context with future events.
Origin: From possibilitee, from possibilite, from possibilitas, from possibilis; see possible.
the quality or state of being possible; the power of happening, being, or existing
that which is possible; a contingency; a thing or event that may not happen; a contingent interest, as in real or personal estate
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'possibility' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1463
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'possibility' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1824
Rank popularity for the word 'possibility' in Nouns Frequency: #475
Translations for possibility
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
something that is possible; the state of being possible; (a) likelihood
There isn't much possibility of that happening; There's a possibility of war; The plan has possibilities (= looks as if it may be a good one).
- possibilidadePortuguese (BR)
- die MöglichkeitGerman
- δυνατότητα, πιθανότητα, ενδεχόμενοGreek
- امکان؛ چیز ممکنFarsi
- संभवता, शक्यता, संभावना, संभावितHindi
- galimybë, galimumasLithuanian
- iespējamība; iespējaLatvian
- امکان؛ چیز ممکنPersian
- شونتيا، يو شونى شىPashto
- возможность; вероятностьRussian
- 可能性Chinese (Trad.)
- можливість; перспективиUkrainian
- khả năngVietnamese
- 可能性Chinese (Simp.)
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