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

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Our visit to sculptor Dylan Lewis’s 14-acre destination sculpture gardens, which are circumscribed impossibly by the Stellenbosch mountains on one side and the vineyards of Cape Winelands on the other with Table Mountain off in the distance. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa’s Other Big Five," 20 Dec. 2018 Westman is known for rendering complexions impossibly glowy, and that's exactly what Westman Atelier aims to let consumers do. Marci Robin, Allure, "Gucci Westman to Launch a Clean, Conscious Makeup Line Called Westman Atelier," 16 Feb. 2018 Yet even by its own impossibly high standards, Alabama has had an absurdly good year. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Alabama Beats Oklahoma, Will Face Clemson for College Football National Title," 30 Dec. 2018 But one of the things the anecdotes suggest is that the standards to issue waivers are inconsistent — and some of them sound impossibly high to meet. Dara Lind, Vox, "Families split by the travel ban allege the government’s waiver process is a sham.," 29 July 2018 The Goldilocks zone for a small, powered board is incredibly—maybe even impossibly—narrow. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Boosted Mini Is a Hell of a Ride, Except for One Thing," 14 May 2018 The problem with this black-and-white thinking is that having impossibly rigid standards doesn’t allow for any adaptation when life gets in the way. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "13 Mental Strategies to Help You Stick With Your New Exercise Routine," 4 Jan. 2019 The first issue veers towards a trope that has rarely been combined with tech: the often awkward and clumsy women who transform into impossibly beautiful and powerful heroines of the digital battleground. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Zoe Quinn’s Goddess Mode makes cyberpunk magic from the internet," 27 Dec. 2018 There are an almost impossibly large number of problems with King's argument. Philip Bump,, "Source for Trump's specious claim of 63,000 immigrant murders? A congressman's blog," 23 June 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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