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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The fact or state of being possible.
  • n. Something that is possible.
  • n. Potentiality for favorable or interesting results: The idea has great possibilities.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being possible.
  • n. A thing possible; that which may take place or come into being.
  • n. An option or choice, usually used in context with future events.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being possible; the power of happening, being, or existing.
  • n. That which is possible; a contingency; a thing or event that may not happen; a contingent interest, as in real or personal estate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The mode of that which is possible; the fact of being possible.
  • n. A thing possible; that which may take place or come into being.
  • n. Specifically, in law, a chance or expectation; an uncertain thing which may or may not happen.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. capability of existing or happening or being true
  • n. a future prospect or potential
  • n. a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena
  • n. a possible alternative


From Middle English possibilitee, from Old French possibilite, from Late Latin possibilitas ("possibility"), from Latin possibilis ("possible"); see possible. (Wiktionary)



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