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 Yet for all the hype that has surrounded him since childhood, Neymar, now 29, has never quite cleared the impossibly high bar that was set for him. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 27 May 2021 For women, working with someone, reporting to someone, or even interviewing with someone who holds these views would be impossibly difficult. Kim Elsesser, Forbes, 13 May 2021 And with four years of Donald Trump in the White House -- and the ex-president still refusing to concede his 2020 election loss -- in McConnell's memory, the bar for deal-making with Democrats could well be impossibly high. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 6 May 2021 For example, our team is exploring the question of when a novelty is expected to be impossibly difficult for an AI. Mayank Kejriwal, The Conversation, 7 Apr. 2021 Dear Ryan, After an impossibly hard year, many Americans are finally beginning to feel cautiously optimistic. Brian Platzer, The Atlantic, 30 Mar. 2021 Jimin is a virtuosic, formally trained dancer who also hits some of the most impossibly high notes in BTS’ catalog. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 13 May 2021 What was impossibly warm in the 1950s is now possible. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, 8 May 2021 Others have impossibly narrow proportions, or no apparent windows, or are entirely transparent. Lucy Alexander, Robb Report, 8 May 2021

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First Known Use of impossibly

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Jun 2021

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“Impossibly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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