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From Middle French impossibilité, from Latin impossibilitās.


impossibility (countable and uncountable, plural impossibilities)

  1. Something that is impossible.
    Meeting the deadline is an impossibility; there is no way we can be ready in time.
  2. (uncountable) The quality of being impossible.
    • South
      They confound difficulty with impossibility.
    • 1749, [John Cleland], Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] [], OCLC 731622352:
      ...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...
  3. (obsolete) Inability; helplessness.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Latimer to this entry?)