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possibilitynoun

uk   /ˌpɒs.əˈbɪl.ə.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 of snow tonight. [+ (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?
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B2 [C] something that you can choose to do in a particular situation: We could take on extra staff - 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 snow tonight.
(Definition of possibility from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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