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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Elmer is sharing news with his roommates—all immigrant men from the Mexican state of Puebla who share impossibly tight quarters in Sunset Park Brooklyn—that their friend has just been busted (by the police, not ICE) for bolting when questioned. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "En el Séptimo Día," 8 June 2018 Playing the groundbreaking female action character also required Jolie to don impossibly tight outfits as the aristocratic English archaeologist, treasure hunter and tomb raider. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Alicia Vikander leaps into action as Lara Croft in a 'Tomb Raider' for the Time's Up era," 12 Mar. 2018 Janet shrinks herself impossibly small to defuse a bomb, and Dr. Pym thinks she's been lost to a quantum realm. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Ant-Man and the Wasp review: Even smaller scale, even bigger heart," 6 July 2018 Colter is impossibly charming — possibly the most charismatic actor from the four Marvel Netflix superheroes (with stiff competition from Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones). Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "What went right and what went wrong for Luke Cage’s second season," 22 June 2018 Trésor de la Mer Tribute Sunglasses $295 at Versace If your summer mood board involves cruising in a vintage convertible with a silk scarf nestled around your face, then these impossibly glamorous shades are a must. The Cut, "Buy These Sunglasses in Every Color," 24 May 2018 Iceland is an impossibly cool and endearing story to follow, and yet, for the sake of Messi’s revival, this could not be a day for the Viking Chant. Bruce Jenkins,, "Lionel Messi lives, and Argentina moves on," 26 June 2018 All would have worked far better if Mark, a 9-year-old, weren’t so impossibly perfect, so serenely confident about his special tastes and their importance. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "A ‘Roseanne’ for Our Times," 22 Mar. 2018 Thanks to the latest computer technology, Carter created impossibly perfect lace and headwear. Valli Herman,, "For 'Black Panther,' Ruth E. Carter blended centuries of style and tradition to make those futuristic costumes," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of impossibly

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of impossibly was circa 1580

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