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Until yesterday, the project was just a *possibility*, but now it has become a real **probability**

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probability: it's more solid, you can put numbers (and dollars) on it

Marius HancuIt is a possibility that the earth will be struck by an asteroid.The probable is what not only can happen, but is very likely to happen. If it is very unlikely to happen, then it is not probable -- not a probability.

It is a probability that there will be ice in Hudson Bay this winter.CJ

CalifJimIf I am reading between the lines correctly, probability expresses a stronger likelihood than possibility, and that is all about their difference.

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PiedoneIt is possible for me to complete this task in 10 minutes.

This means I can do the task in 10 minutes.

But if I decide I am not going to do so,

it is NOT probable that I will finish it in 10 minutes.

Thus, possibility is a measure of whether something CAN happen

while probability is a measure of whether something WILL happen

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Rakhee, Bangalore.

anonymousHere's a very simple example. If I buty a lottery ticket, it's possible that I may win $100 million. But I probably won't. The probability is very low.

Best wishes, Clive

Clivepossiblewhen we meanpossible but not probable(the asteroid example), but that's just a sort of linguistic short-cut.CJ

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