Possibility 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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