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EtymologyEdit

From Old French impossible, from Latin impossibilis, from in- (not) + possibilis (possible), from possum (to be able) + suffix -ibilis (-able).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪmˈpɒsɪbəl/
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  • Hyphenation: im‧pos‧si‧ble

AdjectiveEdit

impossible (comparative more impossible, superlative most impossible)

  1. Not possible; not able to be done or happen.
    It is difficult, if not impossible, to memorize 20,000 consecutive numbers.
    Sarah thinks that nothing is impossible because things can always somehow happen.
  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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NounEdit

impossible (plural impossibles)

  1. (obsolete) an impossibility
    • Late 14th century: “Madame,” quod he, “this were an impossible!” — Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Franklin's Tale’, Canterbury Tales

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin impossibilis, equivalent to in- +‎ possible.

AdjectiveEdit

impossible (masculine and feminine plural impossibles)

  1. impossible

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From im- +‎ possible.

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AdjectiveEdit

impossible (plural impossibles)

  1. impossible

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AdjectiveEdit

impossible m, f (plural impossibles)

  1. impossible