pos·​si·​ble ˈpä-sə-bəl How to pronounce possible (audio)
: being within the limits of ability, capacity, or realization
a possible but difficult task
: being what may be conceived, be done, or occur according to nature, custom, or manners
the best possible care
the worst possible circumstance
: being something that may or may not occur
a possible surprise visit
: being something that may or may not be true or actual
possible explanation
: having an indicated potential
a possible housing site
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

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 on the Web Send us your question or dilemma and try to provide as much context as possible. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2024 The possible exposure stems from one case of measles from an out of state tourist who traveled through the Los Angeles area from March 30 to April 1. Jack Dunn, Variety, 13 Apr. 2024 Still, neither of those possible drawbacks should stand in his way—if the board is convinced that Gitlin is the right person. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 13 Apr. 2024 The land is in the hands of five families who have come together to agree to preserve as much of it as possible. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 13 Apr. 2024 LaMelo Ball logged action in only 58 of a possible 164 games. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 13 Apr. 2024 The main threats with any storm Tuesday are forecast to be quite similar to Monday’s: damaging wind gusts, hail and possible tornadoes. Mary Gilbert, CNN, 13 Apr. 2024 New rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 12 Apr. 2024 Several tornadoes, some strong or intense, will be possible. Erin Couch, The Enquirer, 2 Apr. 2024

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin possibilis, from posse to be able, from potis, pote able + esse to be — more at potent, is

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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“Possible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/possible. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


pos·​si·​ble ˈpäs-ə-bəl How to pronounce possible (audio)
: being something that can be done or brought about
a task possible only to skilled workers
: being something that may or may not occur
plan against possible dangers
: able or fitted to be or to become
a possible site for a camp

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