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Meaning of “possibility” in the English Dictionary

"possibility" in British English

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possibilitynoun

uk   /ˌpɒs.əˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/  us   /ˌpɑː.səˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/
B1 [C or U] a ​chance that something may ​happen or be ​true: It's not ​likely to ​happen but I wouldn't rule out the possibility. The ​forecast said that there's a possibility ofsnowtonight. [+ (that)] There's a ​distinct possibility (that) I'll be ​asked to give a ​speech. Is there any possibility (that) you could ​pick me up from the ​station?
Opposite
B2 [C] something that you can ​choose to do in a ​particularsituation: We could take on ​extrastaff - that's one possibility. "Have you ​decided what to do?" "No, I'm still ​considering the ​various possibilities."

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(Definition of possibility from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"possibility" in American English

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possibilitynoun [C]

 us   /ˌpɑs·əˈbɪl·ə·t̬i/
  • possibility noun [C] (ACHIEVEMENT)

something that can be done or ​achieved, or that can ​exist: One possibility is to ​hire more ​people.
  • possibility noun [C] (POSSIBLE HAPPENING)

something that might or might not ​happen or ​exist: There’s a possibility of ​snowtonight.
(Definition of possibility from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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