im·​pos·​si·​bly | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpä-sə-blē How to pronounce impossibly (audio) \

Definition of impossibly

1 : not possibly
2 : to an improbable degree : unbelievably an impossibly green lawn

Examples of impossibly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gordon was the kind of cool—vaguely aloof, impossibly chic, intimidatingly smart—that made young women like me feel equal parts terrified and enamored. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Kim Gordon Is Home Again," 30 Apr. 2020 Kimono Solutionwear™ Ever wonder how Kim Kardashian West manages to look impossibly sleek underneath even the most form-fitting clothes? Sophie Dodd,, "From Selfies to Shapewear: A Comprehensive Guide to All of the Kardashian-Jenner Siblings' Business Ventures," 28 June 2019 Delayed nearly a decade while Mercedes focused on its new small sedans (the 190E and 300E), Bruno Sacco's R129 matured in the studio and emerged as a timeless, sophisticated, and impossibly elegant triumph of industrial design. Jason Cammisa, Car and Driver, "What To Buy: 1990–2002 Mercedes-Benz 500SL," 26 Apr. 2020 Both stories focused on young adults and children facing impossibly adult situations and forced to take on unbearable burdens. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Chaos Walking' Author Patrick Ness Tackling 'Lord of the Flies' Adaptation (Exclusive)," 24 Apr. 2020 There are no hugs as casual greetings, no high fives, not even the handshakes that once felt formal and now read as impossibly tender. Jennifer Wright,, "What Happens When We Can’t Touch Each Other? Skin Hunger," 17 Apr. 2020 Creditors can forgive debtors, but that process, especially at this level, would be almost impossibly laborious and fraught. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Price of the Coronavirus Pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 The impossibly tipsy Kinda-Quentin, his buddy Knit Cap and their friend Sophie invited an American to join them at their next drinking spot, not far away, just down the Boulevard du Montparnasse. Richard Leiby, Washington Post, "One last drink, maybe two? Inside one dive as Parisians say goodbye, for now, to their beloved bars and cafes," 15 Mar. 2020 Kids, pets, impossibly messy or neat rooms, and other clues emerge in the margins of our screens. Kim Scott, WSJ, "A Workplace Attuned to the Humanity of Workers," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of impossibly

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 May 2020

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“Impossibly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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