Definition of possible
1a : being within the limits of ability, capacity, or realization a possible but difficult taskb : 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 visitb : 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
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.
Recent Examples of possible from the Web
The voluntary manslaughter charge means the killing happened during sudden passion or a fit of rage, carrying a possible sentence of three to 11 years.
Java stood just over 80 inches Wednesday morning, about 18 inches taller than Sprout -- a possible explanation for why Java's scent is stronger than Sprout's, according to Gregory Mueller, the garden's chief scientist.
Renewing IT systems is complex, time-consuming and expensive — a factor that prompts many companies to put it off as long as possible, said Loizos Heracleous, a professor of strategy at Warwick Business School.
Police arrested two men on drug and gun charges Monday at a Porter park after receiving a complaint about possible drug dealing, and asked that charges be filed in juvenile court against a girl.
The official said a possible meeting between the Israelis and Palestinians would be part of the discussions tomorrow.
U.S. politics have been shoved hard to the right, making Trump possible, and since 2001 the value of Lockheed Martin stock has sextupled.
Even though the idea has been around since the 1940s the possible benefits of CO2 turbines have never been worth the challenges.
The velocity of this swing is possible because most of the victories achieved by the undocumented during Obama’s administration depended upon the use of prosecutorial discretion.
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Synonym Discussion of possible
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
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.
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