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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.

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. Grzegorz Zielinski:

    We see the possibility of cooperation with them on renewables projects, especially on the offshore wind farms, due to their scale, ... At the moment, we are not talking about graduation, which is reducing the scale of activity in Poland. We focus on what else needs to be done.

  2. Michael Greicius:

    Once The FDA approved The FDA, I've been faced with the real-world possibility of prescribing The FDA to this person sitting in front of me, i think some patients and family members, even when presented with the lack of clinical efficacy, concerning side effect profile and out-of-pocket costs, will opt to roll the dice because they feel they have nothing to lose.

  3. Yuri Lyamin:

    Soleimani's most likely meetings would be with (Russian) military leaders – Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, among others, although the possibility of meeting with President (Vladimir) Putin cannot be ruled out.

  4. Gerry Bowler:

    Merchants seized on this guy right away, they immediately saw the possibility that this personification could be useful in their selling.

  5. Rex Tillerson:

    The United States is prepared to explore the possibility of establishing with Russia joint mechanisms for ensuring stability, including no-fly zones, on the ground ceasefire observers, and coordinated delivery of humanitarian assistance, if our two countries work together to establish stability on the ground, it will lay a foundation for progress on the settlement of Syria's political future.

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    any of a class of organic compounds containing the cyano radical -CN
    • A. nitrile
    • B. flair
    • C. hypernym
    • D. leaven

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