possibility meaning

[ ˌpɔsi'biliti ] Pronunciation:   "possibility" in a sentence
  • Noun: possibility  `pósu'bilitee
    1. A future prospect or potential
      "this room has great possibilities" 
    2. Capability of existing or happening or being true
      "there is a possibility that his sense of smell has been impaired"
      - possibleness 
    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
      - hypothesis, theory 
    4. A possible alternative
      "bankruptcy is always a possibility"
      - possible action, opening

    Derived forms: possibilities

    See also: impossible, possible

    Type of: alternative, being, beingness, choice, concept, conception, construct, existence, expectation, option, outlook, prospect

    Antonym: impossibility

    Part of: theory

    Encyclopedia: Possibility

  • [Law]
    n. (in land law) An interest in land that depends on the occurrence of an uncertain future event. A bare possibility, such as a spes successionis, i.e.a person's expectation of inheriting land under the will of a testator who is still alive (i.e. depending on the testator dying without having revoked the will), confers no legal or equitable interest. A possibility coupled with an interest (e.g.B's rights under a conveyance "to A for life, and if C living at A's death then to B") can be transferred by will or by deed. See also POSSIBILITY OF REVERTER; TENANT IN TAIL AFTER POSSIBILITY OF ISSUE EXTINCT.


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  1. the possibilities are practically endless.
  2. let us confine ourselves to possibilities.
  3. i never consider the possibility of defeat.
  4. there was little possibility of compromise.
  5. its possibilities have vastly expanded.

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