follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: A Guide to the Comma

impossible

[im-pos-uh-buh l] /ɪmˈpɒs ə bəl/
adjective
1.
not possible; unable to be, exist, happen, etc.
2.
unable to be done, performed, effected, etc.:
an impossible assignment.
3.
incapable of being true, as a rumor.
4.
not to be done, endured, etc., with any degree of reason or propriety:
an impossible situation.
5.
utterly impracticable:
an impossible plan.
6.
hopelessly unsuitable, difficult, or objectionable.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin impossibilis. See im-2, possible
Related forms
impossibleness, noun
impossibly, adverb
Can be confused
Synonyms
6. unbearable, intolerable, unmanageable.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for impossibly
  • It was concise, modern and satirical without being impossibly whimsical.
British Dictionary definitions for impossibly

impossible

/ɪmˈpɒsəbəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being done, undertaken, or experienced
2.
incapable of occurring or happening
3.
absurd or inconceivable; unreasonable it's impossible to think of him as a bishop
4.
(informal) intolerable; outrageous those children are impossible
Derived Forms
impossibleness, noun
impossibly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for impossible

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for impossibly

19
22
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with impossibly