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 Fortunately, Madeira is a dead ringer for Maui, with those soaring volcanic peaks and impossibly blue water. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Can't go to Europe? You can still get your Old World fix in California, Georgia or Wisconsin," 3 July 2020 The centerpiece of Calvin’s theology—the absolute, opaque sovereignty of God and our utter non-control over our own salvation—was, in Weber’s account, impossibly severe, unsustainable for the average person. George Blaustein, The New Republic, "Searching for Consolation in Max Weber’s Work Ethic," 2 July 2020 Co-creator Duncan Trussell voices Clancy, a hermetic simulation farmer in an impossibly lysergic future who spends his days interviewing people on dying worlds. Kristen Baldwin,, "The best TV shows of 2020… so far," 1 July 2020 The village is reachable only by a zigzagging, single-track road carved into impossibly steep mountains. Peter Gwin, National Geographic, "Himalaya ‘ghost cats’ are finally coming into view," 16 June 2020 The man with the impossibly high leg kick retired Johnny Temple — who was pinch hitting for Drott — on a foul pop, then struck out pinch-hitter Pete Runnels and Brock Davis to complete the gem. Steve Kroner,, "June 15, 1963: Giants’ Juan Marichal no-hits Houston," 15 June 2020 The original Shaft movies, which cast Richard Roundtree as the impossibly cool private eye, challenged mainstream, white notions of the police as good guys and Black Power groups as dangerous others. Judy Berman, Time, "Cops Is History, Long Live the Detective Show," 11 June 2020 Before Minneapolis protesters briefly occupied and then set fire to a police station, activists’ calls to defund the police were considered—including by some more institutionally-minded criminal justice reformers—to be an impossibly radical demand. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "The Rush to Redefine “Defund the Police”," 9 June 2020 Netflix's answer to Million Dollar Listing, Selling Sunset, features plenty of gorgeous luxury real estate, sweeping drone shots of Los Angeles, and an impossibly gorgeous cast. Jean Bentley,, "What To Expect From The Cast Of Netflix’s The Hills-Style Reality Show: Selling Sunset," 21 May 2020

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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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14 Jul 2020

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“Impossibly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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