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n. pl. pos·si·bil·i·ties
1. The fact or state of being possible: investigating the possibility of life on other planets.
2. Something that is possible: His promotion now seems a possibility.
3. One that is capable of being chosen or of being made real: She is a strong possibility in the senatorial race. There are several possibilities for dessert.
4. possibilities Potentiality for favorable or interesting results: The idea has great possibilities.


n, pl -ties
1. the state or condition of being possible
2. anything that is possible
3. a competitor, candidate, etc, who has a moderately good chance of winning, being chosen, etc
4. (often plural) a future prospect or potential: my new house has great possibilities.


(ˌpɒs əˈbɪl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state or fact of being possible.
2. something that is possible.
[1325–75; Middle English < Late Latin]


1. 'possibility'

If there is a possibility of something happening or being true, it might happen or be true.

There was a possibility that they had taken the wrong road.
We must accept the possibility that we might be wrong.

If there is no possibility of something happening or being true, it cannot happen or be true.

There was now no possibility of success.
There is no possibility that he did that accidentally.

If you talk or think about the possibility of doing something, you are considering whether to do it.

He talked about the possibility of getting married.

Be Careful!
Don't say 'He talked about the possibility to get married.'

2. 'opportunity'

When a situation makes it possible for someone to do something, don't say that they have 'the possibility to do' it. Say that they have the opportunity to do it or the opportunity of doing it.

You will have the opportunity to study several different subjects in your first year.
Sadly, I never had the opportunity of meeting him.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.possibility - a future prospect or potentialpossibility - a future prospect or potential; "this room has great possibilities"
expectation, outlook, prospect - belief about (or mental picture of) the future
2.possibility - capability of existing or happening or being true; "there is a possibility that his sense of smell has been impaired"
being, beingness, existence - the state or fact of existing; "a point of view gradually coming into being"; "laws in existence for centuries"
conceivability, conceivableness - the state of being conceivable
achievability, attainability, attainableness - the state of being achievable
potential, potentiality, potency - the inherent capacity for coming into being
chance, opportunity - a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances; "the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington"; "now is your chance"
impossibility, impossibleness - incapability of existing or occurring
3.possibility - 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"
concept, conception, construct - an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
hypothetical - a hypothetical possibility, circumstance, statement, proposal, situation, etc.; "consider the following, just as a hypothetical"
gemmule - the physically discrete element that Darwin proposed as responsible for heredity
framework, model, theoretical account - a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process; "the computer program was based on a model of the circulatory and respiratory systems"
conjecture, speculation - a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence); "speculations about the outcome of the election"; "he dismissed it as mere conjecture"
supposal, supposition, assumption - a hypothesis that is taken for granted; "any society is built upon certain assumptions"
theory - a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena; "theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypotheses"; "true in fact and theory"
historicism - a theory that social and cultural events are determined by history
4.possibility - a possible alternative; "bankruptcy is always a possibility"
alternative, option, choice - one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen; "what option did I have?"; "there no other alternative"; "my only choice is to refuse"
possible - something that can be done; "politics is the art of the possible"


1. feasibility, likelihood, plausibility, potentiality, practicability, workableness a debate about the possibility of political reform
2. likelihood, chance, risk, odds, prospect, liability, hazard, probability There is still a possibility of unrest in the country.
3. option, choice, alternative, solution, bet (informal), course of action, recourse There were several possibilities open to the manufacturers.
4. (often plural) potential, promise, prospects, talent, capabilities, potentiality This situation has great possibilities.
"Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities" [Aristotle Poetics]


1. The likeliness of a given event occurring:
chance, likelihood, odds, probability, prospect (used in plural).
2. Something that may occur or be done:
khả năng


[ˌpɒsəˈbɪlɪtɪ] N
1. (= chance, likelihood) → posibilidad f
is there any possibility (that) they could help?¿hay alguna posibilidad de que nos ayuden?
there is a strong possibility I'll be latees muy posible que me retrase, hay muchas posibilidades de que me retrase
beyond/within the bounds of possibility it is within the bounds of possibilityestá dentro de lo posible
it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that he'll succeedcabe dentro de lo posible or no es imposible que lo consiga
there is no possibility of his agreeing to itno existe ninguna posibilidad de que lo consienta
see also distinct A2
2. (= option) → posibilidad f
the possibilities are endlesshay infinidad de posibilidades
she's a strong possibility for the nominationtiene muchas posibilidades de ser nominada
3. (usu pl) (= potential) the scheme has real possibilitieses un plan que promete, es un plan de gran potencial
it's a job with great possibilitieses un trabajo con mucho futuro or porvenir


[ˌpɒsɪˈbɪlɪti] n
(= chance) → possibilité f
a possibility of sth → une possibilité de qch
no possibility of sth → aucune possibilité de qch
there is a possibility that .... → il se peut que ...
There's a possibility that what he said is true → Il se peut que ce qu'il a dit soit vrai.
There's a possibility that we might be moving → Il se peut que nous déménagions.
We must accept the possibility that we might be wrong
BUT Il se peut que nous ayons tort, et nous devons accepter cette possibilité.
it's a possibility → c'est possible
to be a real possibility → être tout à fait possible
(= option) one possibility would be to ... → une possibilité serait de ...
Several possibilities are open to us → Plusieurs options s'offrent à nous.
There are all sorts of possibilities → Il y a toutes sortes de possibilités.

He's a possibility for the part → C'est un candidat possible pour le rôle.
it is not beyond the realms of possibility (= not impossible) → ce n'est pas impossible


nMöglichkeit f; there’s not much possibility of success/of his or him being successfuldie Aussichten auf Erfolg/darauf, dass er Erfolg hat, sind nicht sehr groß; within the realms or bounds of possibilityim Bereich des Möglichen; it’s not beyond the realms or bounds of possibilityes ist durchaus im Bereich des Möglichen; do you by any possibility happen to know …?wissen Sie zufällig …?; the possibility of doing somethingdie Möglichkeit or Chance, etw zu tun; it’s a distinct possibility that …es besteht eindeutig die Möglichkeit, dass …; he is a possibility for the jober kommt für die Stelle infrage or in Frage or in Betracht; there is some or a possibility that …es besteht die Möglichkeit, dass …; a job with real possibilitieseine Stelle mit echten Möglichkeiten or Chancen; he/that has possibilitiesin ihm/darin stecken Möglichkeiten


[ˌpɒsəˈbɪlɪtɪ] npossibilità f inv
it's a distinct possibility → è molto probabile
there is no possibility of his agreeing to it → non c'è la minima possibilità or probabilità che accetti
there is some possibility of success → c'è qualche probabilità di successo or riuscita
he's a possibility for the part → è uno dei candidati per la parte
to foresee all the possibilities → prevedere tutte le eventualità
to have possibilities (person) → avere delle (buone) possibilità
your idea has possibilities → la tua idea ha delle buone possibilità di successo
this job has possibilities → questo lavoro offre molte possibilità


(ˈposəbl) adjective
1. able to happen or be done. It's possible that the train will be delayed; We'll come as soon as possible; I'll do everything possible; She did the only possible thing in the circumstances.
2. satisfactory; acceptable. I've thought of a possible solution to the problem.
ˌpossiˈbilityplural possiˈbilities noun
something that is possible; the state of being possible; (a) likelihood. There isn't much possibility of that happening; There's a possibility of war; The plan has possibilities (= looks as if it may be a good one).
ˈpossibly adverb
1. perhaps. `Will you have time to do it?' `Possibly.'
2. in a way or manner that is possible. I'll come as fast as I possibly can; I can't possibly eat any more; Could you possibly lend me your pen?


إِمْكَانِيَّة možnost mulighed Möglichkeit δυνατότητα posibilidad mahdollisuus possibilité mogućnost possibilità 可能性 가능성 mogelijkheid mulighet możliwość possibilidade возможность möjlighet ความเป็นไปได้ olasılık khả năng 可能性


n posibilidad f
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They had barely crossed the threshold of this treasure-house, to find themselves rich men; what possibilities of affluence might be theirs when they had fully exploited their possessions?
or that I do not now rejoice, when it is deemed consistent with the dues of public justice and the welfare of society that this dear kinsman, this early friend, this nature so delicately and beautifully constituted,--so unfortunate, let us pronounce him, and forbear to say, so guilty,--that our own Clifford, in fine, should be given back to life, and its possibilities of enjoyment?
She had in her nature a rich, voluptuous, Oriental characteristic -- a taste for the gorgeously beautiful, which, save in the exquisite productions of her needle, found nothing else, in all the possibilities of her life, to exercise itself upon.
Well, this matter of mine, think what you will of it, lasted while I caught at a dozen possibilities, none of which made a difference for the better, that I could see, in there having been in the house--and for how long, above all?
And where Ahab's chances of accomplishing his object have hitherto been spoken of, allusion has only been made to whatever way-side, antecedent, extra prospects were his, ere a particular set time or place were attained, when all possibilities would become probabilities, and, as Ahab fondly thought, every possibility the next thing to a certainty.
Death seems the only desirable sequel for a career like this; but Death is only a launching into the region of the strange Untried; it is but the first salutation to the possibilities of the immense Remote, the Wild, the Watery, the Unshored; therefore, to the death-longing eyes of such men, who still have left in them some interior compunctions against suicide, does the all-contributed and all-receptive ocean alluringly spread forth his whole plain of unimaginable, taking terrors, and wonderful, new-life adventures; and from the hearts of infinite Pacifics, the thousand mermaids sing to them -- Come hither, broken-hearted; here is another life without the guilt of intermediate death; here are wonders supernatural, without dying for them.
It gave her a large respect for us, and she strained the lean possibilities of her hovel to the utmost to make us comfortable.
Germany, in the summer, is the perfection of the beautiful, but nobody has understood, and realized, and enjoyed the utmost possibilities of this soft and peaceful beauty unless he has voyaged down the Neckar on a raft.
So they played Robin Hood all the afternoon, now and then casting a yearning eye down upon the haunted house and passing a remark about the morrow's pros- pects and possibilities there.
For the first time, thoughts such as these rose darkly -- as shadowy and terrible possibilities -- in Miss Garth's mind.
But there have been times since, in my manhood, many times there have been, when I have thought, Is it possible, among the possibilities of hidden things, that in the sudden rashness of the child and her wild look so far off, there was any merciful attraction of her into danger, any tempting her towards him permitted on the part of her dead father, that her life might have a chance of ending that day?
To them pain and mishap present a far wider range of possibilities than gladness and enjoyment: their imagination is almost barren of the images that feed desire and hope, but is all overgrown by recollections that are a perpetual pasture to fear.