Pos·si·bil·i·ty n.; pl. Possibilities
1. The quality or state of being possible; the power of happening, being, or existing. “All possibility of error.” --Hooker. “Latent possibilities of excellence.”
2. That which is possible; a contingency; a thing or event that may not happen; a contingent interest, as in real or personal estate.
n 1: a future prospect or potential; "this room has great
2: capability of existing or happening or being true; "there is
a possibility that his sense of smell has been impaired"
[syn: possibleness] [ant: impossibility]
3: 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" [syn: hypothesis, theory]
4: a possible alternative; "bankruptcy is always a possibility"
[syn: possible action, opening]