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Definition 1: a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where possibility or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for possibility in the sense of this definition

(possibility is a kind of ...) an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

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

"consider the following, just as a hypothetical"

(... is a kind of possibility ) the physically discrete element that Darwin proposed as responsible for heredity

(... is a kind of possibility ) a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process

"the computer program was based on a model of the circulatory and respiratory systems"

(... is a kind of possibility ) a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence)

"speculations about the outcome of the election" "he dismissed it as mere conjecture"

(... is a kind of possibility ) a hypothesis that is taken for granted

"any society is built upon certain assumptions"

(... is a kind of possibility ) a theory that social and cultural events are determined by history

(... is part of possibility) 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

"theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypotheses" "true in fact and theory"

Definition 2: a possible alternative - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where possibility or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bankruptcy is always a possibility

Synonyms for possibility in the sense of this definition

(possibility is a kind of ...) one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen

"what option did I have?" "there is no other alternative" "my only choice is to refuse"

(... is a kind of possibility ) something that can be done

"politics is the art of the possible"

Definition 3: a future prospect or potential - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where possibility or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • this room has great possibilities

(possibility is a kind of ...) belief about (or mental picture of) the future

Definition 4: capability of existing or happening or being true - [noun denoting state]

Samples where possibility or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for possibility in the sense of this definition

(possibility is a kind of ...) the state or fact of existing

"a point of view gradually coming into being" "laws in existence for centuries" "he appeared on the face of the earth one day"

(... is a kind of possibility ) the state of being conceivable

(... is a kind of possibility ) the state of being achievable

(... is a kind of possibility ) the inherent capacity for coming into being

(... is a kind of possibility ) a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances

"the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington" "now is your chance"

(... are attributes of possibility) capable of happening or existing

"a breakthrough may be possible next year" "anything is possible" "warned of possible consequences"

(... are attributes of possibility) not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with

"an impossible dream" "an impossible situation"

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