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Calque of French éventualité, eventual +‎ -ity


  • IPA(key): /ɪˌvɛntjuˈælɪti/, /ɪˌvɛnt͡ʃuˈælɪti/
  • Rhymes: -ælɪti


eventuality (countable and uncountable, plural eventualities)

  1. A possible event; something that may happen. [from 19th c.]
    Synonyms: contingency, possibility
    • 2008, BioWare, Mass Effect (Science Fiction), Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →ISBN, →OCLC, PC, scene: Ilos:
      Vigil: You are not Prothean. But you are not machine, either. This eventuality was one of many that was anticipated. This is why we sent our warning through the beacons.
    • 2012 June 19, Phil McNulty, “England 1-0 Ukraine”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      England could have met world and European champions Spain but that eventuality was avoided by Sweden's 2-0 win against France, and Rooney's first goal in a major tournament since scoring twice in the 4-2 victory over Croatia in Lisbon at Euro 2004.
  2. (obsolete, phrenology) An individual's propensity to take notice of events, changes, or facts. [from 19th c.]