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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Aside from the current global pandemic, one thing is for sure: summer is the season of spending as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors — especially in the evenings, when the sun is low and the temperature is just right. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, "These Patio String Lights Will Transform Your Backyard Into a Summertime Sanctuary," 13 July 2020 Fund backers want to help support affordable housing development as quickly as possible but also acknowledge much more than $100 million is needed to tackle Arizona’s growing affordable housing problem. Catherine Reagor, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix and housing groups ask Ducey to extend Arizona's halt on evictions until end of 2020," 13 July 2020 The colleges are asking the court to block the rule as quickly as possible, saying it's already being used to turn students away. Collin Binkley, Houston Chronicle, "More than 200 schools back lawsuit over foreign student rule," 13 July 2020 Sankey, after a full day of meetings with the league’s athletic directors in Birmingham, plans to take as long as possible before a plan is devised. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Greg Sankey to Finebaum after SEC meetings; ‘I don’t know if it is every conference for ourselves’," 13 July 2020 The efforts to delay in-person instruction come as some state and education leaders push for reopening campuses as quickly as possible, arguing the benefits of in-person instruction outweigh the public health risks. Jacob Carpenter, ExpressNews.com, "Some Texas schools may not reopen for in-person classes in August. Here’s how.," 13 July 2020 Tiny Happy People focuses on the development of children’s language and carries a simple message at its core: talk to children from as early an age as possible. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Shares the Parenting 'Gold Dust' She Wishes She Had as a First-Time Mom," 13 July 2020 Of that group, if the aim is to stay as regional as possible, Northwestern is IU’s obvious pair. Jon Blau And Jeremy Price, The Indianapolis Star, "Big questions remain for Big Ten fall sports and the athletes who play them," 12 July 2020 Did drug profits make a coronavirus vaccine possible? Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Could a coronavirus vaccine rehab the pharmaceutical industry's reputation despite drug price increases?," 9 July 2020

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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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The first known use of possible was in the 14th century

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24 Jul 2020

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“Possible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/possible. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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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 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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