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

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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Edwards had asked the Trump administration in a letter earlier Thursday that the state receive supplementary federal resources as soon as possible, should they be needed. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "'Don’t let your guard down': Officials say flooding concerns remain as Barry pushes inland," 14 July 2019 In an effort to recoup as much of the €145m as possible, the Catalan club will not let Coutinho go on the cheap. SI.com, "Philippe Coutinho at the Top of Barcelona Exit List as Catalans Struggle to Find Buyer," 13 July 2019 But the bureaucratic machinery, primed by Assamese chauvinists aligned with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which rules both the state and the country, has been incentivised to reject as many as possible. The Economist, "India is declaring millions of its citizens to be foreigners," 11 July 2019 The Fed's dual mission, to get unemployment as low as possible while keeping prices steady, balances two forces that have historically worked against each other. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Jay Powell disagrees with Donald Trump on nearly everything," 11 July 2019 Instead, Minnesota seems set on creating, and keeping, as much cap space as possible. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Timberwolves appear to be saving for a big 2020 offseason," 10 July 2019 Its current location moved it as far away as possible from all other buildings, Lochrie said. Laurel Weibezahn, sun-sentinel.com, "Las Olas Marina plans grow bigger," 9 July 2019 Tim uses this power to fix a missed connection with the girl of his dreams (in a series of time travel moments that are about as un-problematic as possible, given the premise), Mary (Rachel McAdams). Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "The Best Romantic Movies on Netflix for Every Kind of Vibe," 8 July 2019 While there’s no precise limit to the grams allowed per day, this approach essentially involves eliminating as much carbohydrate as possible. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "The Zero Carb Diet May Be a Simple Way to Lose Weight—But Is It Safe?," 8 July 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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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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something desired as essential

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