impossible

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French impossible, from Latin impossibilis, from in- (not) + possibilis (possible), from possum (to be able) + suffix -ibilis (-able).

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  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈpɒsɪbəl/
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  • Hyphenation: im‧pos‧si‧ble

Adjective[edit]

impossible (comparative more impossible, superlative most impossible)

  1. Not possible; not able to be done or happen.
    • 1865, Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
      Nothing is impossible, only impassible.
    • 13 March 1962, John F. Kennedy
      Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
    • 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, “Our banks are out of control”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21: 
      Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic […].  Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. When a series of bank failures made this impossible, there was widespread anger, leading to the public humiliation of symbolic figures.
    It is difficult, if not impossible, to memorize 20,000 consecutive numbers.
    Sarah thinks that nothing is impossible because things can always somehow happen.
  2. (colloquial, of a person) Very difficult to deal with.
    You never listen to a word I say – you're impossible!
  3. (mathematics, dated) imaginary
    impossible quantities, or imaginary numbers

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Noun[edit]

impossible (plural impossibles)

  1. an impossibility
    • Late 14th century: “Madame,” quod he, “this were an impossible!” — Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Franklin's Tale’, Canterbury Tales
  2. (uncountable) (with definite article) that which seems impossible
    If we work together, we can achieve the impossible!

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin impossibilis, equivalent to in- +‎ possible.

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impossible m, f (masculine and feminine plural impossibles)

  1. impossible

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

im- +‎ possible.

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impossible (masculine and feminine, plural impossibles)

  1. impossible

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Adjective[edit]

impossible m, f (plural impossibles)

  1. impossible