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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Medical professionals make these experiences possible through their voluntary participation. Alex Park, Houston Chronicle, "Youths explore medicine at Global Teen Medical Summit," 13 July 2018 But recommendations in the new bike plan could potentially be funded by the city’s 1-cent sales tax for capital improvements, federal grants and public/private partnerships like the one that made the Indiana Cultural Trail possible. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Will Kansas City ever be bike-friendly? The city is about to roll out a plan," 13 July 2018 In his leadership role, Schneider had to deal with state regulators and occasional community opponents, while cajoling donors who made many of his goals possible through their generosity. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "A visionary volunteer steps away from leading Harford's hospitals," 13 July 2018 And doctors weren’t familiar with the science of hormones that make the drug possible. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 However, the rapidly growing field of optogenetics has made this possible. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018 The Park District received a $2 million grant award in 2014 from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which made the renovation possible. Jessie Spangler, Aurora Beacon-News, "Expansion project at Prisco Community Center in Aurora to be completed this month," 9 July 2018 To young people like Tania, changes in Mexico won’t only come from the presidency but also from those who helped make this political change possible. Andalusia Knoll, Teen Vogue, "Mexico Elects Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Young People React to New President," 6 July 2018 Master & Dynamic has made that possible with the MW50+ headphones that retail for $399 — these are premium cans with 40mm beryllium drivers, after all. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Master & Dynamic MW50+ review: weak magnetism," 5 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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