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adjective im·pos·si·ble \ (ˌ)im-ˈpä-sə-bəl \

Definition of impossible

1 a :incapable of being or of occurring
b :felt to be incapable of being done, attained, or fulfilled :insuperably difficult
  • an impossible deadline
2 a :extremely undesirable :unacceptable
b :extremely awkward or difficult to deal with
  • the actor was impossible on the set

impossibleness

noun

Examples of impossible in a Sentence

  1. It's impossible to predict the future.

  2. The heavy rain made it impossible to see the road.

  3. It's physically impossible for a child to lift that much at once.

  4. It's virtually impossible to book a flight just before the holiday.

  5. These math problems are impossible!

  6. You refuse to help and then criticize me for not doing it right? You're impossible!

  7. My boss is just an impossible woman.

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Origin and Etymology of impossible

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin impossibilis, from in- + possibilis possible



IMPOSSIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of impossible for English Language Learners

  • : unable to be done or to happen : not possible

  • : very difficult

  • of a person : very difficult to deal with : very irritating or annoying


IMPOSSIBLE Defined for Kids

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adjective im·pos·si·ble \ im-ˈpä-sə-bəl \

Definition of impossible for Students

1 :incapable of being or of occurring :not possible
  • The noise makes it impossible to concentrate.
2 :very difficult
  • These math problems are impossible!
3 :very bad or unpleasant
  • She is impossible to deal with.

impossibly

\-blē\ adverb

Law Dictionary

impossible

adjective im·pos·si·ble

legal Definition of impossible

:not possible :incapable of being done, attained, or fulfilled
  • a party's performance is impossible in part


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