noun (plural -ties) Date: 1625 1. the ability to develop or come into existence 2. potential 1

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  • Potentiality — Po*ten ti*al i*ty, n. The quality or state of being potential; possibility, not actuality; inherent capability or disposition, not actually exhibited. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • potentiality — index ability, capacity (aptitude), chance (possibility), feasibility, likelihood, possibility …   Law dictionary

  • potentiality — 1620s, from M.L. potentialitas, from potentialis (see POTENTIAL (Cf. potential)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • potentiality — [pō ten΄shē al′ə tē, pəten΄shē al′ə tē] n. [ML potentialitas] 1. the state or quality of being potential; possibility of becoming, developing, etc.; latency 2. pl. potentialities something potential; a possibility …   English World dictionary

  • potentiality — [[t]pəte̱nʃiæ̱lɪti[/t]] potentialities N VAR: usu with supp If something has potentialities or potentiality, it is capable of being used or developed in particular ways. [FORMAL] The breathtaking potentialities of mechanization set the minds of… …   English dictionary

  • potentiality — UK [pəˌtenʃɪˈælətɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms potentiality : singular potentiality plural potentialities formal the possibility that something will happen or develop in the future …   English dictionary

  • potentiality — /peuh ten shee al i tee/, n., pl. potentialities for 2. 1. the state or quality of being potential. 2. something potential; a possibility: Atomic destruction is a grim potentiality. [1615 25; < ML potentialitas. See POTENTIAL, ITY] * * * …   Universalium

  • potentiality — The adjective ‘potential’ sets a logical trap. A potential x is not a kind of x, but at best a thing of a different kind that is capable of becoming an x (so, for example, the destruction of a potential x is not the same as the destruction of an… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • potentiality — potential ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having the capacity to develop into something in the future. ► NOUN 1) qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness. 2) (often potential for/to do) the possibility of something… …   English terms dictionary

  • potentiality — noun a) The quality of being, or having potential. b) An inherent capacity for growth or development. See Also: potence, potency, potent …   Wiktionary

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