What does possibility mean?

Definitions for possibilityˌpɒs əˈbɪl ɪ ti

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word possibility.

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"


  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

  3. Origin: [F. possibilit, L. possibilitas.]

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of possibility in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of possibility in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ellen DeGeneres:

    Possibility number one: ’12 Years a Slave’ wins best picture, possibility number two: You’re all racists.

  2. G. I. Gurdjieff:

    Man has the possibility of existence after death. But possibility is one thing and the realization of the possibility is quite a different thing.

  3. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko:

    We discussed today the possibility of co-operation in the sphere of nuclear energy, there is the possibility for Ukraine to buy Australian uranium for our nuclear power stations.

  4. Numan Kurtulmus:

    Official coalition talks have not started yet. Clear messages and views will be given when they start. I think that the possibility of an early election is the most remote possibility.

  5. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak:

    We, obviously, will look into the possibility of providing such a discount, depending on our budget and market environment, in theory, there is such a possibility... it is a matter of separate agreements.

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