Simple Definition of impossibility
: something that is impossible : something that cannot be done or that cannot happen
: the quality or state of being impossible
Full Definition of impossibility
1 : the quality or state of being impossible
2 : something impossible
Examples of impossibility in a sentence
The blizzard made travel an impossibility.
the impossibility of knowing what the future will bring
First Known Use of impossibility
Rhymes with impossibility
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IMPOSSIBILITY Defined for Kids
Definition of impossibility for Students
1 : something that cannot be done or occur <Time travel is an impossibility.>
2 : the quality or state of being impossible
Legal Definition of impossibility
1 : the quality or state of being impossible; also : the affirmative defense that something (as performance) is impossible
2 : something impossible
3 : impossibility of performance in this entry factual impossibility : impossibility based on factual circumstances; specifically : a partial defense to criminal liability based on the incompletion of an intended criminal act Editor's note: Factual impossibility is not a complete defense and does allow prosecution for attempt or for another inchoate offense. For example, if the defendant constructed a bomb that failed to explode, factual impossibility would be a defense against murder charges, but not attempted murder. impossibility of performance 1 : a doctrine in contract law that a party may be released from liability for breach of contract for failing to perform an obligation that is rendered impossible by uncontrollable circumstances (as death or failure of the means of delivery) 2 : a defense to breach of contract or a basis for release from contractual obligations because of impossibility of performance — compare frustration, impracticability legal impossibility : impossibility based on or with reference to a law; specifically : a complete defense to criminal liability based on the commitment of acts that are not criminal or illegal Editor's note: Legal impossibility is founded on the principle that an act is not a crime unless there is a law prohibiting it.
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