possible

adjective
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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Choose the Right Synonym for possible

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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The goal was to focus as much as possible on choice and consequence, with smaller areas and fewer fetch quests than Dragon Age: Inquisition... Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Yakuza Kiwami 2 confirmed for PC next month, H1Z1's new developers call it quits," 12 Apr. 2019 To ensure Theron's lashes would look as intense as possible, Bedrani first applied DiorShow Maximizer 3D, a primer that promises to triple lash volume. Marci Robin, Allure, "Charlize Theron’s Makeup Artist Used $60 Worth of Mascara to Give Her Mile-Long Lashes," 6 Apr. 2019 All of which makes this feel like a natural place to hold the kind of deep discussions that aren’t possible in workplaces or at cocktail parties. Christy Karras, The Seattle Times, "Pick a table, pick a topic, pick a cocktail — it’s time to pick people’s minds, civilly, at Drunken Philosophy," 29 Mar. 2019 Try to keep it as neutral as possible so your face doesn't look too shiny. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "How to Look Amazing in Your Driver's License Photo," 2 Apr. 2019 And most of them are dedicated to exporting energy—something that wasn’t possible until just a few years ago. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 But rapid change is not just possible in technology. David Roberts, Vox, "The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change," 29 Jan. 2019 From belly dancing to the country’s superb mangoes and the possible influence of Egyptian culture on ancient Greek civilization (a heated debate). Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 Before kale started taking over every possible food, drink, and skin-care product, South Korea cherished (and still does) ginseng for its healing properties. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why You’re Seeing Ginseng in So Many Korean Skin-Care Products Right Now," 8 Mar. 2019

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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 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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