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Definition of the noun possibility

What does possibility mean as a name of something?

Possibility is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: possibilities

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

Alternative definition of the noun possibility


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


POSSIBILITY is a musical group.


  1. "Possibility" is a song recorded by Swedish recording artist Lykke Li for the soundtrack to the 2009 film The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Li had been asked to write a song for the film soundtrack, but she was initially reluctant to commit to the project. After seeing an early screening of the film, she decided she wanted to contribute to the soundtrack.
  2. "POSSIBILITY" is a musical album of Akina Nakamori.
    • released on (31 years ago)
  3. "Possibility" is a composition.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Possibility

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Google previewUnderstanding Global News (1998)

A Critical Introduction by Jaap van Ginneken

The first possibility is that it has one or several foreign correspondents there, with a real bureau, that is to say, an office with a small staff of assistants. This is often the case for the larger American media. The second possibility is that it has a ...

Google previewDesigning with Type (2006)

The Essential Guide to Typography by James Craig, Irene Korol Scala, William Bevington

The fifth possibility is a random, or asymmetric, arrangement with no predictable pattern in the placement of the lines, limited only by the designer's imagination. 1 l Juntified There are five ways of arranging lines of type on a page. The first is ...

Google previewLogica Magna (1978)

by Francesco Del Punta, Marilyn McCord Adams

possibility is that no man is a donkey.

Google previewIlluminating Faith (2015)

An Invitation to Theology by Francesca Aran Murphy, Balázs M. Mezei, Kenneth Oakes

The first possibility is that faith dies out in our culture and God sinks into forgetfulness.

The second possibility is a definitive renewal of traditional faith: faith in God as declared by the Christian churches.

Google previewCurrent Perspectives on Sexual Selection (2015)

What's left after Darwin? by Thierry Hoquet

The second possibility is that the bower is a signal of motor skills (Miller 2000). Male great bowerbirds make courts with grey and white objects that increase in size with distance from the avenue entrance (Endler et al. 2010). This arrangement ...

Google previewRethinking Christ and Culture (2007)

A Post-Christendom Perspective by Craig A. Carter

The first possibility is that the church will cling to political power as long as possible and in its determination to maintain the church of Western culture stance , even at the expense of historical and biblical orthodoxy, will end up becoming a ...

Google previewThe Time Remaining (2012)

by Samuel Hazo

The second possibility is that the coma may be prolonged. Prolonged indefinitely. And that could confront us with a complete set of additional problems, not only medical problems but financial and moral problems. The third possibility is that ...

Google previewDarwin's Cathedral (2010)

Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society by David Sloan Wilson

One extreme possibility is that evolutionary theory triumphs over the social sciences, which totally missed the boat. Another ...

Google previewHuman Embryology and Developmental Biology (2008)

by Bruce M. Carlson

A second major possibility is that the mother's immune system is somehow paralyzed during pregnancy so that it does not react to the fetal antigens to which it is exposed. Yet the mother is capable of mounting an immune response to ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences Part One

by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Viewed as an identityin general, Actuality is firstof all Possibility the reflectionintoself which, as in contrast with the concreteunity of...

Possibility is what is essential to reality, butin such a way thatit isat the same time only a possibility.

Google previewPersonal Finance: An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management by Barbara Friedberg

Risks are situations where individuals, families, or organizations are exposed to the possibility of a harmful aftermath through injury, death, or financial loss. Risks are either pure risks or speculative (investment) risks (Day et al., 2013; MacMinn ...

Google previewThe Royal Standard English Dictionary (1777)

In which the Words are Not Only Rationally Divided Into Syllables, Accurately Accented, and Their Part of Speech Properly Distinguished; But Likewise by a Key to this Work ... It Exhibits Their True Pronunciation According to the Present Practice of Men of Letters, Eminent Orators, and Polite Speakers in London ... To which is Added the Proper Names of Persons and Places in the Old and New Testaments ... by William Perry

possibility. or. efficacy. Pötént-ly, ad powerfully, efficaciously Pötént-nēss, s. powerfulness, might, force Pötshāng-É1, s. a hook to hang a pot on Pöth'ér, s. a tumult, bustling, Suffocati cloud: v. m. to make a blustering ineffectual effort in any ...

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Quotes about Possibility

Liberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility of saying No to any authority - literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social and even political. (Ignazio Silone)
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Scrabble value of P3O1S1S1I1B3I1L1I1T1Y4

The value of this 11-letter word is 18 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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