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possibility

noun     /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 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? → Opposite impossibility (impossible)Possible and probable 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."Possible and probable impossibility (impossible)Grammar:Opportunity or possibility?We use opportunity to talk about a situation in which we can do something that we want to do. Opportunity is most commonly followed by a verb in the to-infinitive form, or of + -ing form:See more
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