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.

  1. the state or fact of being possible.

  2. something that is possible.

Origin of possibility:

1325–75; ME < LL

Princeton's WordNet

  1. possibility(noun)

    a future prospect or potential

    "this room has great possibilities"

  2. possibility, possibleness(noun)

    capability of existing or happening or being true

    "there is a possibility that his sense of smell has been impaired"

  3. 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"

  4. possibility, possible action, opening(noun)

    a possible alternative

    "bankruptcy is always a possibility"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. 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.

  2. possibilityˌpɒs əˈbɪl ɪ ti

    ≠ impossibility

    "Do you think he'll get the job?" "It's a possibility."; the possibility of life on other planets


  1. possibility(Noun)

    The quality of being possible.

  2. possibility(Noun)

    A thing possible; that which may take place or come into being.

  3. possibility(Noun)

    An option or choice, usually used in context with future events.

  4. Origin: From possibilitee, from possibilite, from possibilitas, from possibilis; see possible.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Possibility(noun)

    the quality or state of being possible; the power of happening, being, or existing

  2. Possibility(noun)

    that which is possible; a contingency; a thing or event that may not happen; a contingent interest, as in real or personal estate

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'possibility' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1463

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'possibility' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1824

  3. Nouns Frequency

    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).

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