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possibility

noun
     
pos‧si‧bil‧i‧ty S2 W2 plural possibilities
1 [uncountable and countable] if there is a possibility that something is true or that something will happen, it might be true or it might happenCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
possibility (that) possibility of (doing) something a strong/real/distinct possibility (=something that is quite likely to happen) a remote/faint possibility (=something that is very unlikely to happen) not beyond the bounds/realms of possibility (=not impossible, but unlikely) within the bounds/realms of possibility (=possible) raise the possibility (=say or show that something may be possible)
There's always a possibility that he might go back to Seattle.
the possibility of an enemy attack
There was no possibility of changing the voting procedure.
A peace settlement now looks like a real possibility.
Tomorrow, there's a remote possibility of snow on high ground.
They might get married - it's not beyond the bounds of possibility.
The study raises the possibility that dieting is bad for your health.
2 [countable usually plural] an opportunity to do something, or something that can be done or tried
possibilities for/of (doing) something
exciting possibilities for reducing costs
Archer began to explore the possibilities of opening a club in the city.
The US has not yet exhausted all diplomatic possibilities (=tried everything possible).
the range of possibilities offered to students
3

have possibilities

if something has possibilities, it could be made into something much better [= have potential]:
The house has great possibilities.
! Possibility or opportunity?see note at opportunity

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