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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Each Red Wing got his hands on the Stanley Cup for 48 hours in the summer of 1997 — and jam-packed his special time with as many activities as possible. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 6 June 2021 One downside with a HELOC is it’s possible for the bank to pull the rug out from under you during a crisis. Ben Carlson, Fortune, 5 June 2021 After injuring his hamstring in the Federal League Meet three weeks ago, Green senior Connor McClure did as little as possible while still advancing in the district and regional meets. Joe Magill, cleveland, 5 June 2021 The latest Kaiser Family Foundation poll from late May found that 66% of Americans either had received a first Covid-19 vaccine dose or wanted one as soon as possible. Harry Enten, CNN, 5 June 2021 If a child is locked in a car, get him or her out as quickly as possible and dial 911 immediately. Lauren Harrison, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 5 June 2021 This summer is all about spending as much quality time with our families as possible. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 5 June 2021 The best way to shorten that decay time is to fill the room with as much soft, porous mass as possible. Parker Hall, Wired, 5 June 2021 Develop the talent on hand and get back into the playoffs as quickly as possible. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, 5 June 2021

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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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The first known use of possible was in the 14th century

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7 Jun 2021

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“Possible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/possible. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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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.


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