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.
    It is difficult, if not impossible, to memorize 20,000 consecutive numbers.
  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.

Adjective[edit]

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

Middle French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impossible m, f (plural impossibles)

  1. impossible