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[im-pos-uh-bil-i-tee, im-pos-] /ɪmˌpɒs əˈbɪl ɪ ti, ˌɪm pɒs-/
noun, plural impossibilities for 2.
condition or quality of being impossible.
something impossible.
Origin of impossibility
1350-1400; Middle English impossibilite < Late Latin impossibilitās. See im-2, possibility Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for impossibility
  • The article chronicled the near impossibility of bringing a recipe to fruition in a conventional kitchen.
  • For the intelligentsia living outside, science towns held the allure of romantic impossibility.
  • We should therefore not be too disheartened by the apparent impossibility of building a device to perform the necessary functions.
  • On the impossibility of predicting the behavior of rational agents.
  • The great rethinking of these categories that has been taking place is, in part, fostered by precisely this impossibility.
  • Of course such a thing is an impossibility, as if evolution could be proved or disproved by a single experiment.
  • My belief in the impossibility of motherhood at this early stage in my career was not entirely of my own making.
  • The impossibility of a proper burial injected additional pain into an already unbearable situation.
  • Mathematically, it's a near impossibility for him to win the nomination.
  • Nelson's plea reveals the political impossibility of meaningful spending cuts.
British Dictionary definitions for impossibility


/ɪmˌpɒsəˈbɪlɪtɪ; ˌɪmpɒs-/
noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being impossible
something that is impossible
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Word Origin and History for impossibility

late 14c., "quality of being impossible," from impossible + -ity; perhaps from or modeled on French impossibilité. Meaning "an impossible thing or occurrence" is from c.1500.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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