possible

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From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin possibilis (possible), from Latin posse (to be able); see power.

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possible (comparative possibler or more possible, superlative possiblest or most possible)

  1. (usually not comparable) Able but not certain to happen; neither inevitable nor impossible.
    Rain tomorrow is possible, but I wouldn't bet on it.
    It's not just possible, it's probable.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, The Celebrity:
      The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; [] . Now she had come to look upon the matter in its true proportions, and her anticipation of a possible chance of teaching him a lesson was a pleasure to behold.
  2. (comparable) Capable of being done or achieved; feasible.
    It's possible for anyone to learn to pay the bagpipes.
    • 1901, Louis Freeland Smith, The Public, volume 4, page 438:
      And success in minor degree, in the sense in which he uses the term "success," is only somewhat more possible than success in winning the White House chair.
    • 1993 September 10, Lee Michael Katz, “Expectant Mideast hopes to bear twin peace deals”, page 2A:
      Peace between Israel and the Arab countries is "more possible than any time before," says ex-Arab League U.N. ambassador Clovis Maskoud.
    • 2013 June 29, “A punch in the gut”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 72-3: 
      Mostly, the microbiome is beneficial. It helps with digestion and enables people to extract a lot more calories from their food than would otherwise be possible. Research over the past few years, however, has implicated it in diseases from atherosclerosis to asthma to autism.
  3. Being considered, e.g. for a position.
    Jones and Smith are both possible for the opening in sales.

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possible (plural possibles)

  1. A possible one
  2. (colloquial, rare) A possible choice, notably someone being considered for a position.
    Jones is a possible for the new opening in sales.
  3. (rare) A particular event that may happen.

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From Latin possibilis.

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possible m, f (masculine and feminine plural possibles)

  1. possible

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possible (masculine and feminine, plural possibles)

  1. possible

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possible m (plural possibles)

  1. The possible, feasible, what can be done, achieved etc.
    J'ai fait mon possible pour votre fils, mais sans discipline il ne s'efforce pas à plain
    I've done what I can for you son, but without discipline he won't put in full effort