Definitions for: Possibility


[n] a possible alternative; "bankruptcy is always a possibility"
[n] a tentative theory about 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"
[n] a future prospect or potential; "this room has great possibilities"
[n] capability of existing or happening or being true; "there is a possibility that his sense of smell has been impaired"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pos`si*bil"i*ty, n.; pl. Possibilities. [F.
possibilit['e], L. possibilitas.]
1. The quality or state of being possible; the power of
happening, being, or existing. ``All possibility of
error.'' --Hooker. ``Latent possibilities of excellence.''
--Johnson.

2. That which is possible; a contingency; a thing or event
that may not happen; a contingent interest, as in real or
personal estate. --South. Burrill.

Synonyms: hypothesis, opening, possible action, possibleness, theory

Antonyms: impossibility, impossibleness

See Also: achievability, alternative, assumption, attainability, attainableness, being, beingness, chance, choice, conceivability, conceivableness, concept, conception, conjecture, construct, existence, expectation, framework, model, opportunity, option, outlook, possible, potency, potential, potentiality, prospect, speculation, supposal, supposition, theoretical account

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