adjective pos·si·ble \ ˈpä-sə-bəl \
|Updated on: 3 Jul 2018

Definition of possible

1 a : 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
2 a : 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

Examples of possible in a Sentence

  1. Advances in medicine have made it possible for people to live longer.

  2. It is possible that she decided not to join us.

  3. We tried to spend as little money as possible.

  4. It is not physically possible to do everything you have planned in one day.

  5. The weather report warned of possible thunderstorms tonight.

  6. Thunderstorms are possible but not probable tonight.

  7. The highest possible score is 100.

  8. What possible good can it do to argue?

  9. He is in the worst possible situation.

  10. It is possible that life exists on other planets.

Recent Examples of possible from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of 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

Synonym Discussion of possible

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 Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of possible for English Language Learners

  • : able to be done

  • : able to happen or exist

  • : able or suited to be or to become something specified

POSSIBLE Defined for Kids


adjective pos·si·ble \ ˈpä-sə-bəl \

Definition of possible for Students

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.

Synonym Discussion of possible

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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