im·​pos·​si·​bly | \(ˌ)im-ˈpä-sə-blē \

Definition of impossibly 

1 : not possibly

2 : to an improbable degree : unbelievably an impossibly green lawn

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Throughout Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first royal tour together, the Duchess has looked impossibly chic. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Unique Necklace Is a Symbol of Strength and Integrity," 31 Oct. 2018 Feel better about it by watching amateur bakers rush to re-create impossibly intricate cakes in a limited amount of time. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The Verge’s guide to tolerable family streaming entertainment," 21 Nov. 2018 Carvings, mostly, and impossibly detailed models of sailing ships. Robert J. Toth, WSJ, "The Stuff Our Parents Left Behind," 18 Nov. 2018 Sunrise is the best time to see Borobudur and the nearby 508 Hindu stone temples of Prambanan, both surrounded by impossibly green rice fields. Marianna Cerini, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yogyakarta Is the Cultural Hub to Hit on Your Next Trip to Southeast Asia," 16 Nov. 2018 Even with a steady source of money for campaign funds, some candidates still face an impossibly uphill battle to win an election. Sarah Emily Baum, Teen Vogue, "Why Do Candidates Run for Office When There’s Little Chance They Can Win?," 7 Nov. 2018 Deerinck has learned that when the microscopes can see individual atoms, his small world becomes almost impossibly huge. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Meet the Man Who Takes Pictures of Microbes," 18 Oct. 2018 The bathroom down the hall looked impossibly far away. Kate Gardner, SELF, "I Thought I Could Handle My Asthma Attacks, Until I Ended Up in the ER," 5 Sep. 2018 As well as looking impossibly loved-up at the event, Chopra and Jonas also posed for a romantic photoshoot with Lubomirski, who was responsible for Harry and Meghan's engagement photos. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Engagement Photo Was Just Recreated By Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas," 9 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of impossibly

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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