pos·​si·​ble | \ ˈpä-sə-bəl How to pronounce possible (audio) \

Definition of possible

1a : being within the limits of ability, capacity, or realization a possible but difficult task
b : being what may be conceived, be done, or occur according to nature, custom, or manners the best possible care the worst possible circumstance
2a : being something that may or may not occur a possible surprise visit
b : being something that may or may not be true or actual possible explanation
3 : having an indicated potential a possible housing site

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possible, practicable, feasible mean capable of being realized. possible implies that a thing may certainly exist or occur given the proper conditions. a possible route up the west face of the mountain practicable implies that something may be effected by available means or under current conditions. a solution that is not practicable in the time available feasible applies to what is likely to work or be useful in attaining the end desired. commercially feasible for mass production

possible and likely mean capable of becoming true or of actually happening. possible is used when something may happen or exist under the proper conditions. It is possible that you may get rich. likely is used when chances are good that something will actually happen but there is no proof it will. It is likely that the storm will cause damage.

Examples of possible in a Sentence

Advances in medicine have made it possible for people to live longer. It is possible that she decided not to join us. We tried to spend as little money as possible. It is not physically possible to do everything you have planned in one day. The weather report warned of possible thunderstorms tonight. Thunderstorms are possible but not probable tonight. The highest possible score is 100. What possible good can it do to argue? He is in the worst possible situation. It is possible that life exists on other planets.
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Among issues that have been fodder for possible protest have been race relations, the treatment of the LGBT community, social injustice and disagreements with President Trump. Luis Andres Henao, SFChronicle.com, "Two Americans protest on medals stand at Pan Am Games," 11 Aug. 2019 Prison officials were already investigating after the 66-year-old financier was found unconscious in his Manhattan Correctional Center jail cell July 23 after a possible suicide attempt. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Jeffrey Epstein apparent suicide in federal lockup raises questions," 11 Aug. 2019 High rates of addicted and mentally ill people behind bars are believed to contribute to the problem, as well as possible poor treatment of inmates and the stress of being incarcerated. Anchorage Daily News, "What’s known and what’s next after Jeffrey Epstein’s death," 11 Aug. 2019 Our goal now is to make the playoffs and get the highest seed possible. Terrence Thomas, ExpressNews.com, "SAFC finds scoring touch, earns crucial win," 11 Aug. 2019 To do that, space agencies and private companies alike want to steer craft to the least risky impact-destinations possible, and also reduce the number of fragments that will survive re-entry and endanger people and property. The Economist, "No one has yet been killed by re-entering space junk," 10 Aug. 2019 The federal agency gave Libertyville a rating of six on a scale of one through nine — with nine being the worst possible score, Cooper said. Rick Kambic, chicagotribune.com, "Libertyville homeowners to see discounted flood insurance but more regulations meant to mitigate flooding could be on the way," 10 Aug. 2019 Who knows what impact an extended playoff run and possible World Series title would have had on that city’s baseball future. San Diego Union-Tribune, ".394 — It’s been 25 years since strike wiped out Gwynn’s chance to hit .400," 10 Aug. 2019 An assault on Epstein by another inmate was also being investigated as a possible cause of his injuries, sources told NBC 4. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Jeffrey Epstein Dies by Apparent Suicide in Manhattan Jail: Reports," 10 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of possible

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for possible

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin possibilis, from posse to be able, from potis, pote able + esse to be — more at potent, is

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English Language Learners Definition of possible

: able to be done
: able to happen or exist
: able or suited to be or to become something specified


pos·​si·​ble | \ ˈpä-sə-bəl How to pronounce possible (audio) \

Kids Definition of possible

1 : able to be done Call whenever possible.
2 : able to happen or exist A storm is possible.
3 : able or suited to be or to become I have a possible solution.

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