possible

adjective
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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Porter worked the look in front of the cameras, twirling in his cape and working every angle possible. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Billy Porter's Golden Globes Look Just Changed My Life," 7 Jan. 2019 The Duchess reportedly wants to continue working as close as possible to her due date in the spring. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Queen Will Reportedly Give Meghan Markle a New Royal Role," 7 Jan. 2019 If possible, store them separately from your RV in a safe location. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Winterize an RV," 7 Jan. 2019 Facing possible impeachment over embezzlement charges, the Duke decided that a move to Germany was in their best interest. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The True Ending of The Favourite: In Real Life, Lady Marlborough Got the Last Laugh," 5 Jan. 2019 Start at the bottom section and then move up, using the lowest heat level possible to prevent damage. Redbook, "How to Look Like You Just Left the Salon," 27 Nov. 2018 For customers who range from super fair to moderately tan, Balic will choose from the three possible shades and blend them in a bowl the same way a makeup artist blends a custom foundation. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "What Is Semi-Permanent BB Cream, and Why Are People Getting It Microneedled Into Their Faces?," 9 Nov. 2018 Still, change is possible, as the recent uses of the nuclear option for legislation shows. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The nuclear option, explained.," 21 Dec. 2018 Researchers will monitor sperm counts throughout the study, but the trial leaders cautioned that pregnancy is still possible. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "More effective than condoms? Seattle-area couples test new birth control for men," 11 Dec. 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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possible

adjective

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

possible

adjective
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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