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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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Here, then, is one difficulty in our law about women, which we may say that we have now escaped; the wave has not swallowed us up alive for enacting that the guardians of either sex should have all their pursuits in common; to the utility and also to the possibility of this arrangement the consistency of the argument with itself bears witness.
"No, Bulan, you could never have been a criminal," replied the loyal girl, "but there is one possibility that has been haunting me constantly.
In 1809 the intimacy between "the world's two arbiters," as Napoleon and Alexander were called, was such that when Napoleon declared war on Austria a Russian corps crossed the frontier to co-operate with our old enemy Bonaparte against our old ally the Emperor of Austria, and in court circles the possibility of marriage between Napoleon and one of Alexander's sisters was spoken of.
Though he had always been poor, the possibility of not having enough to eat had never occurred to him; it was not the sort of thing that happened to the people among whom he lived; and he was as ashamed as if he had some disgraceful disease.
A glance at a geological map will show that whatever truth there may have been of the actuality of such monsters in the early geologic periods, at least there was plenty of possibility. In England there were originally vast plains where the plentiful supply of water could gather.
First, then, I think it may very reasonably be required of every writer, that he keeps within the bounds of possibility; and still remembers that what it is not possible for man to perform, it is scarce possible for man to believe he did perform.
"Ah," said the Saint, with sudden austerity, "your confession suggests a very grave possibility. Were you a member of the Women's Press Association?"
Again, in their superiors, it quencheth jealousy towards them, as persons that they think they may, at pleasure, despise: and it layeth their competitors and emulators asleep; as never believing they should be in possibility of advancement, till they see them in possession.
The Period of Possibility, when Archimedes finds a fulcrum, Cassandra has a following and seven cities compete for the honor of endowing a living Homer.
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.
If it must then be admitted that the necessity of recurring to a force different from the militia, in cases of this extraordinary nature, is applicable to the State governments themselves, why should the possibility, that the national government might be under a like necessity, in similar extremities, be made an objection to its existence?
They were really hypnotised; had been told that certain things were impossible, and that certain things were not to be done, and these prohibitions were woven into the texture of their minds beyond any possibility of disobedience or dispute.