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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Recent Examples on the Web

Frequent lightning strikes are occurring with the thunderstorm, and winds in excess of 40 mph are possible. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "High winds, lightning advisory in the Houston area Sunday afternoon," 16 June 2019 Between a quarter and half of an inch of rain is possible. Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Sunday afternoon will bring more showers and thunderstorms to the Louisville area," 16 June 2019 Come daytime, a few sprinkles are possible, but severe weather is unlikely. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Why temps dropped 20 degrees Saturday afternoon — and will the cool weather stay for Father's Day?," 15 June 2019 So a trade well beforehand is possible if a team meets president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi’s price. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Where would Giants trade Madison Bumgarner? Interest level for all 29 teams," 15 June 2019 While a hunter might come in contact with a deer that has one CWD strain, Czub's team hit the macaques with multiple strains at once to test the limits of what's possible. al.com, "A deadly deer disease is spreading and could infect humans," 14 June 2019 Trucks with no driver could be possible by 2022, platooning behind trucks with drivers, according to the firm’s McKinsey Center for Future Mobility. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Driverless big rigs could be hitting Florida highways next year. Are you ready, good buddy?," 13 June 2019 The bill would allow the extradition of suspects from Hong Kong to face trial in the mainland—something that hasn’t been possible since the city passed from British rule to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Why foreign governments are so worried about Hong Kong’s extradition law," 13 June 2019 Come back every day to discover the stories of six people who pushed adventure further to redefine what's possible. National Geographic, "Meet the skier who made the 'impossible' first solo descent of K2," 12 June 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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to take the place or position of

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