Definition of impossible
1a : incapable of being or of occurringb : felt to be incapable of being done, attained, or fulfilled : insuperably difficult an impossible deadline
2a : extremely undesirable : unacceptableb : extremely awkward or difficult to deal with the actor was impossible on the set
Examples of impossible in a Sentence
It's impossible to predict the future.
The heavy rain made it impossible to see the road.
It's physically impossible for a child to lift that much at once.
It's virtually impossible to book a flight just before the holiday.
These math problems are impossible!
You refuse to help and then criticize me for not doing it right? You're impossible!
My boss is just an impossible woman.
Recent Examples of impossible from the Web
Sprinters, despite what the rules say about maintaining a straight line in the last portion of a sprint, understand that such a thing is impossible.
Of course, quitting CO2 cold turkey is pretty much impossible.
The stigma and suspicion can follow a young woman for years, preventing her from going to school, getting married or even opening a business in a small village, where secrets are impossible to keep.
And were playing them at home, in the jungle and the jungle was almost impossible for anybody that year to come in and beat us.
Hackers would then be faced with the impossible task of attacking most of the voting places in the country to change the results of an election.
Uber seemed like a taxi service, but until this week, tipping in the app was nearly impossible.
The basic tenet of Christianity is the belief in Jesus Christ as the son of God and that, without that belief, salvation is impossible.
That wouldn’t be a big deal apart from the fact that owning land in some of Aman’s more far-flung locales, like a private island in the Philippines, is virtually impossible other-wise.
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Origin and Etymology of impossible
Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin impossibilis, from in- + possibilis possible
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
IMPOSSIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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.
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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