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possibility

noun achievability, anticipation, availability, chance, conceivability, conceivableness, expectance, expectancy, expectation, facultas, favorable opportunity, favorable prospect, feasibility, gamble, hope, likelihood, opportunity, plausibility, posse, potential, potestas, probability, promise, prospect, uncertainty, viability, viableness
Foreign phrases: Jus triplex est-propietatis, possessionis, et possibilitatis.Right is threefold-of property, of possession, and of possibility. Ultra posse non potest esse, et vice versa. What is beyond possibility cannot exist, and the reverse, what cannot exist is not possible.
See also: access, contingency, feasibility, likelihood, opening, opportunity, outlook, potential, probability, proposal, prospect, risk, suggestion

POSSIBILITY. An uncertain thing which may happen; Lilly's Reg. h.t.; or it is a contingent interest in real or personal estate. 1 Mad. Ch. 549.
     2. Possibilities are near as when an estate is limited to one after the death of another; or remote, as that one man shall be married to a woman, and then that she shall die, and he be married to another. 1 Fonb. Eq. 212, n. e; l6 Vin. Ab. h.t., p. 460; 2 Co. 51 a.
     3. Possibilities are also divided into, 1. A possibility coupled with an interest. This may, of course, be sold, assigned, transmitted or devised; such a possibility occurs in executory devises, and in contingent, springing or executory uses.
     4.-2. A bare possibility, or hope of succession; this is the case of an heir apparent, during the life of his ancestor. It is evident that he has no right which he can assign, devise, or even, release.
     5.-3. A possibility' or mere contingent interest, as a devise to Paul if he survive Peter. Dane's Ab. c. 1, a 5, Sec. 2, and the cases there cited.

References in classic literature ?
What is it, what is it But a direction out there, And the bare possibility Of going somewhere?
I was in a dismal state by this time; indeed, I was hardly enough in my right mind to keep the run of a dispute that sprung up as to how I had better be killed, the possibility of the killing being doubted by some, because of the enchantment in my clothes.
One thinks Heidelberg by day--with its surroundings-- is the last possibility of the beautiful; but when he sees Heidelberg by night, a fallen Milky Way, with that glittering railway constellation pinned to the border, he requires time to consider upon the verdict.
Could there be a possibility that the twins had spoken the truth when they had said they found the man dead when they ran into the house in answer to the cry for help?
The discourse was resumed presently, but it went lame and halting, all possibility of impressiveness being at an end; for even the gravest sentiments were constantly being received with a smothered burst of unholy mirth, under cover of some remote pew-back, as if the poor parson had said a rarely facetious thing.
Randall refused to consider any improvement in their financial condition as a possibility.
Here, then, upon this desolate shore we abandoned ourselves to our fate, for there was no possibility of scaling the mountain, and if a ship had appeared it could only have shared our doom.
Who would not prefer that possibility to the unceasing agitations and frequent revolutions which are the continual scourges of petty republics?
Confident as I am that you will not trifle with this appeal, my heart sinks and my hand trembles at the bare thought of such a possibility.
They were really hypnotised; had been told that certain things were impossible, and that certain things were not to be done, and these prohibitions were woven into the texture of their minds beyond any possibility of disobedience or dispute.
The peculiar risk lay in the possibility of my finding some substance in the space which I, or the machine, occupied.
Our chief chance lay in the possibility of the Martians making the pit nothing more than a temporary encampment.