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POSSIBILITY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does possibility mean? 

POSSIBILITY (noun)
  The noun POSSIBILITY has 4 senses:

1. a future prospect or potential
2. capability of existing or happening or being true
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
4. a possible alternative

  Familiarity information: POSSIBILITY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


POSSIBILITY (noun)


Sense 1possibility [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A future prospect or potential

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

this room has great possibilities

Hypernyms ("possibility" is a kind of...):

expectation; outlook; prospect (belief about (or mental picture of) the future)


Sense 2possibility [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capability of existing or happening or being true

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

possibleness; possibility

Context example:

there is a possibility that his sense of smell has been impaired

Hypernyms ("possibility" is a kind of...):

being; beingness; existence (the state or fact of existing)

Attribute:

possible (capable of happening or existing)

impossible (not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "possibility"):

conceivability; conceivableness (the state of being conceivable)

achievability; attainability; attainableness (the state of being achievable)

potency; potential; potentiality (the inherent capacity for coming into being)

chance; opportunity (a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances)

Antonym:

impossibility (incapability of existing or occurring)


Sense 3possibility [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

hypothesis; theory; possibility

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("possibility" is a kind of...):

concept; conception; construct (an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "possibility"):

hypothetical (a hypothetical possibility, circumstance, statement, proposal, situation, etc.)

framework; model; theoretical account (a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process)

conjecture; speculation (a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence))

assumption; supposal; supposition (a hypothesis that is taken for granted)

Holonyms ("possibility" is a part of...):

theory (a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena)


Sense 4possibility [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A possible alternative

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

possible action; possibility; opening

Context example:

bankruptcy is always a possibility

Hypernyms ("possibility" is a kind of...):

alternative; choice; option (one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "possibility"):

possible (something that can be done)


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