pos·si·ble | \ ˈpä-sə-bəl \

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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Rajiv Goel, another board member, said Schneider instilled in him what is possible and the need to plan proactively. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "A visionary volunteer steps away from leading Harford's hospitals," 13 July 2018 Shortland’s hiring caps off a long director search that reportedly included more than 70 possible candidates. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "Cate Shortland to direct Marvel's Black Widow solo movie," 13 July 2018 The opening of his bar in the late 1960s made possible a career that would propel Flynt from dirt-poor Kentucky boy to one of 20th Century America’s most successful and reviled pornographers. Cincinnati Enquirer, "Read more from this Project," 13 July 2018 But Patterson acknowledged jokingly that isn’t possible with an early-season matchup against Ohio State. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "The Preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year plays for TCU. Here’s who it is," 11 July 2018 So, his name was once floated as a possible Supreme Court nominee. Fox News, "Gowdy: SCOTUS confirmation process has become politicized," 10 July 2018 Thomas Hardiman, a strong proponent of gun rights who was a finalist for the Supreme Court berth that went to Gorsuch last year, has reportedly gained new traction as a possible nominee for the Kennedy seat. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Trump's Supreme Court Pick May Come From This List. Here's Where They Stand on Women's Issues.," 9 July 2018 What isn’t possible, however, is failing to be completely in awe of her beauty. Annabel Davidson, A-LIST, "Purple Reign: Ella Purnell in Vanity Fair On Jewellery," 5 July 2018 To keep Mr Trump away from protesters, as little of the trip as possible is taking place in London. The Economist, "Donald Trump is greeted by protests across Britain," 13 July 2018

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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 \

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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