What does Possibility mean?

Definitions for Possibility
ˌpɒs əˈbɪl ɪ tipos·si·bil·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. possibilitynoun

    a future prospect or potential

    "this room has great possibilities"

  2. possibility, possiblenessnoun

    capability of existing or happening or being true

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

  3. hypothesis, possibility, theorynoun

    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, openingnoun

    a possible alternative

    "bankruptcy is always a possibility"


  1. possibilitynoun

    The quality of being possible.

  2. possibilitynoun

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

  3. possibilitynoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Possibilitynoun

    The power of being in any manner; the state of being possible.

    Etymology: possiblilité, Fr.

    There is no let, but that as often as those books are read, and need so requireth, the stile of their differences may expresly be mentioned to bar even all possibility of error. Richard Hooker.

    Brother, speak with possibilities,
    And do not break into these woeful extremes. William Shakespeare.

    Consider him antecedently to his creation, while he yet lay in the barren womb of nothing, and only in the number of possibilities; and consequently could have nothing to recommend him to Christ’s affection. Robert South, Sermons.

    A bare possibility, that a thing may be or not be, is no just cause of doubting whether a thing be or not. John Tillotson.

    According to the multifariousness of this imitability, so are the possibilities of being. John Norris.

    Example not only teaches us our duty, but convinces us of the possibility of our imitation. John Rogers, Sermons.


  1. possibility

    Possibility refers to anything that can potentially happen or exist, something that is uncertain but feasible or likely. It's a condition or state in which something is capable of coming into being or action and is not improbable or out of question. Possibility is also the potential inherent in various situations or conditions, that allows for multiple outcomes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Possibilitynoun

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

  2. Possibilitynoun

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

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

Editors Contribution

  1. possibility

    Be possible in order of priority.

    The possibility for their wedding was various, they chose friendship, unity, love & joy as their theme.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 24, 2020  

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  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

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  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

Examples of Possibility in a Sentence

  1. Chuck Schumer:

    While this ruling keeps the existing DACA program in place, it continues to deny other eligible recipients the possibility to receive protection, for these reasons, Drew Angerer/Getty Images is time for Republicans to join Democrats in supporting legislation that will codify these life-saving protections and ensure Dreamers have the opportunity to finally receive the citizenship they’ve worked hard to earn.

  2. Jennifer Granholm:

    President Trump is no longer a mere possibility as President Trump was in 2016 ; President Trump is a poisonous cancer that we urgently must remove from our body politic, and second, I think the vote was more for Joe Biden than against Bernie Sanders.

  3. The Daily News report:

    There is always that possibility and we have to leave it open.

  4. Los Angeles:

    Dr. Lombardo confirmed the diagnosis of a torn rotator cuff and discussed options, including the possibility of surgery, with Bryant, bryant is scheduled to be examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic on Monday, and a decision is expected to be made at that time.

  5. Fidel Castro, Speech given in January 1963, calling for communist revolution in Latin America:

    We do not deny the possibility of peaceful [political] transition, but we are still awaiting the first case.

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