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po·ten·ti·al·i·ty

 (pə-tĕn′shē-ăl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. po·ten·ti·al·i·ties
1. The state of being potential.
2.
a. Inherent capacity for growth, development, or coming into existence.
b. Something possessing such capacity.

potentiality

(pəˌtɛnʃɪˈælɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. latent or inherent capacity or ability for growth, fulfilment, etc
2. a person or thing that possesses such a capacity

po•ten•ti•al•i•ty

(pəˌtɛn ʃiˈæl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state or quality of being potential.
2. something potential; a possibility.
[1615–25; < Medieval Latin potentiālitās. See potential, -ity]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.potentiality - the inherent capacity for coming into beingpotentiality - the inherent capacity for coming into being
possibleness, possibility - capability of existing or happening or being true; "there is a possibility that his sense of smell has been impaired"
latency - the state of being not yet evident or active
prospect, chance - the possibility of future success; "his prospects as a writer are excellent"
2.potentiality - an aptitude that may be developed
aptitude - inherent ability
perfectibility - the capability of becoming perfect; "he believes in the ultimate perfectibility of man"
grasp, compass, reach, range - the limit of capability; "within the compass of education"
imperfectibility - the capability of becoming imperfect

potentiality

noun
The inherent capacity for growth or development:
Translations

potentiality

[pəˌtenʃɪˈælɪtɪ] Npotencialidad f

potentiality

nMöglichkeit f
References in classic literature ?
He felt a sharp gradation between himself and his shipmates, and was wise enough to realize that the difference lay in potentiality rather than achievement.
Rudimentary organs sometimes retain their potentiality, and are merely not developed: this seems to be the case with the mammae of male mammals, for many instances are on record of these organs having become well developed in full-grown males, and having secreted milk.
Having issued this mandate with as much potentiality as if she had been a recognized authority in the house ever since it had been a house, and having looked out to confront the amazed Peggotty coming along the passage with a candle at the sound of a strange voice, Miss Betsey shut the door again, and sat down as before: with her feet on the fender, the skirt of her dress tucked up, and her hands folded on one knee.
Visiting Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao highly praised Bangladesh's tremendous socioeconomic uplift under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, saying the country has an immense potentiality to emerge as an economic power in Asia.
Tourism as a sector is experiencing a lazy growth despite the sector is recognised by the government as a lucrative one which has a potentiality to make an enormous contribution to the national economy.
Practices of global development have been critiqued for reproducing a notion of the suffering poor as bare life; passive, despairing and devoid of both hope and potentiality.
Potentiality is encoded in syntax and morphology in many ways, but a central strategy is by means of verb aspect, in particular, mood.
Potentiality and Actuality of the Infinite: A Misunderstood Passage in Aristotle's Metaphysics (0.
Public Management in Transition: The Orchestration of Potentiality
This contraposition will remain a constant of the hidden dialogue between the two: as Agamben develops his concepts of infancy, Voice, and potentiality, Derrida's displacement of presence, differance--which Attell addresses in a reading of Speech and Phenomena (1967) among other texts--becomes for Agamben the sign of the incapacity of western thought to go beyond the threshold of metaphysics.
A World of Wandering and Potentiality in a Latin American Novel: A Conversation with Gisela Heffes