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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The value of additional optional investment opportunities available only after having made an initial investment.
  • n. Quality or state in which choice or discretion is allowed.


option + -al + -ity (Wiktionary)


  • I think last call we talked a little bit about the longer-term optionality you might have, if you need, on the one hand, to take out some 12-ounce capacity, you might be able to utilize that on the food part of the house.

  • : IBM-Sun Microsystems Talks Unravel Sun argued that the offer gave IBM too much "optionality," or leeway to walk away from the deal, according to one person familiar with the talks.

    IBM Talks Teeter as Sun Board Splits

  • Sun argued that the offer gave IBM too much "optionality," or leeway to walk away from the deal, according to one person familiar with the talks.

    The Tech Report: News

  • Private clients were looking for "optionality" in returns (equity like returns during bull and bond like returns during bear) while institutions generally aimed for low volatility and contained correlation against other asset classes. The Ad-Free Personal Finance Blogs Aggregator

  • De Geus notes that the Street wants Synopsys to buy back stock, but says that, for now, he prefers to sit on the cash, noting that the "optionality" it provides is of "incredibly high value" in an uncertain environment.


  • Another reason "optionality" woud be pre-determined to fail is because as countries realised they would be writing fat cheques to other members of the "opted in" club, they would stay out, leaving a shrinking pool of states with clear "winners and losers".

    Irish Blogs

  • With its Vadinar refinery already about to ramp up throughput to 400,000 barrels a day of higher margin products, Stanlow provides "optionality" for Essar, Mr. Nayyar says, explaining that Essar intends to use the refinery's storage capability and market access to good export effect.

    U.K. Deal Marks Latest Shift For European Refining Sector

  • We are pleased Avis disclosed that the Federal Trade Commission process has gone well, and that may give them optionality in the future.

    Hertz Sole Bidder as Avis Quits Pursuit

  • Dylan Grice , global strategist at Société Générale, calls this the "hidden optionality" of cash—it gives the owner the ability to buy other assets when conditions improve.

    Bull? Bear? Bring It On!

  • For some Sun board members, a sticking point was that IBM could totally walk away from the deal because it has too much optionality, the Journal said.

    What’s Next, Now That The Sun-IBM Merger Is Off


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