Possibility

Possibility is the condition or fact of being possible. The Latin origins of the word hint at ability. Possibility also refers to something that "could happen", that is not precluded by the facts, but usually not probable. Impossible denotes that something is not able to be done.

*Subjunctive possibility
**Logical possibility
*Possibility theory

ee also

*Possible worlds
**Best of all possible worlds


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