- Something that is impossible.
- Meeting the deadline is an impossibility; there is no way we can be ready in time.
- (uncountable) The quality of being impossible.
- They confound difficulty with impossibility.
1749, John Cleland, “part 2”, in Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, London: G. Fenton, OCLC 13050889:
- ...he threw himself upon her, and his back being now towards me, I could only take his being ingulph'd for granted, by the directions he mov'd in, and the impossibility of missing so staring a mark...
- (obsolete) Inability; helplessness.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Latimer to this entry?)
The quality of being impossible