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. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Possible impossibility emerges from an impossible possibility, or possibly, impossible possibility blooms from the impossibly possible impossibility.

  2. Ellen DeGeneres:

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

  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. Alvin Toffler:

    The recognition that no knowledge can be complete, no metaphor entire, is itself humanizing. It counteracts fanaticism. It grants even to adversaries the possibility of partial truth, and to oneself the possibility of error.

  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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