impossible

adjective
im·​pos·​si·​ble | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpä-sə-bəl How to pronounce impossible (audio) \

Definition of impossible

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

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Other Words from impossible

impossibleness noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Both of these goals are, in linguistic terms, meaningless to impossible. The Economist, "In British politics, posh pronunciation reigns," 4 July 2019 According to Sydney Kopp-Richardson, Director of the National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative, those numbers are almost impossible to count. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Where Is Neil Malcolm Roberts?," 29 June 2019 Young bartenders are big fans of the drink that’s nearly impossible to mess up. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Approaching Its 100th Birthday, The Negroni is Having a Comeback," 28 June 2019 Their words, amid the sobbing, are almost impossible to make out. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Must Reads: Sex crime case renews tension in Mexico between Catholics and evangelical church," 27 June 2019 Jackson’s project, to finally isolate it and put it up onstage, is impossible, and its impossibility is its power. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "The Ecstatic Doubling of “A Strange Loop”," 24 June 2019 With just a few days remaining in the session and no quorum in the Senate, Wilde’s bill would face almost impossible odds of passing, even if Senate Republicans return. oregonlive.com, "How Oregon Senate Republicans could pay walkout expenses and fines: Campaign cash," 21 June 2019 TikTok has more than 500 million global users, and that makes moderation — especially for communications that happened off-platform — almost impossible to moderate. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "TikTok users are turning a top creator’s apology video into new TikTok creations," 18 June 2019 But barring communications from those involved, police events will be almost impossible to track. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: Keep police and fire radio communications open and transparent," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of impossible

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for impossible

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

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The first known use of impossible was in the 14th century

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impossible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of impossible

: unable to be done or to happen : not possible
: very difficult
of a person : very difficult to deal with : very irritating or annoying

impossible

adjective
im·​pos·​si·​ble | \ im-ˈpä-sə-bəl How to pronounce impossible (audio) \

Kids Definition of impossible

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.

Other Words from impossible

impossibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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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