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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web President Biden called on Russia to release Ms. Griner immediately, and said his administration would continue to work to bring Ms. Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan home safely as soon as possible. Isabel Coles, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2022 Please be as specific as possible, but try to keep it concise. Chronicle Advice Team, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Aug. 2022 Keep your supply chain as short and transparent as possible. David Vasko, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Californians are being urged to conserve as much water as possible. Anabel Sosa, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 The trick with a smoothie bowl is to add a minimal amount of liquid to keep the mixture as thick and sorbet-like as possible. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2022 Republicans want to kill as much of the bill as possible, either with MacDonough’s rulings or with nonstop votes expected to last well into Sunday or beyond. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Aug. 2022 Amid the relentless onslaught there by Moscow's forces, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy issued an order to all those remaining in the embattled province to evacuate as soon as possible. Zeynep Bilginsoy, ajc, 3 Aug. 2022 The Stanley Parable has a lot of fun with this creeping sense of benevolent imprisonment, reminding players as often as possible that there is no way out of its labyrinth of self-reference. Gabriel Winslow-yost, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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“Possible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/possible. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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