Definitions for Impossibleɪmˈpɒs ə bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•pos•si•bleɪmˈpɒs ə bəl(adj.)

  1. not possible; incapable of being or happening.

  2. unable to be performed or effected:

    an impossible assignment.

  3. difficult beyond reason or propriety:

    an impossible situation.

  4. utterly impracticable:

    an impossible plan.

  5. hopelessly unsuitable, undesirable, or objectionable:

    an impossible person.

Origin of impossible:

1250–1300; ME < L


Princeton's WordNet

  1. impossible(adj)

    something that cannot be done

    "his assignment verged on the impossible"

  2. impossible(adj)

    not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with

    "an impossible dream"; "an impossible situation"

  3. impossible, inconceivable, out of the question, unimaginable(adj)

    totally unlikely

  4. impossible, insufferable, unacceptable, unsufferable(adj)

    used of persons or their behavior

    "impossible behavior"; "insufferable insolence"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. impossible(adjective)ɪmˈpɒs ə bəl

    not able to happen or be done

    Holding your breath for that long is impossible.; an impossible mission; It's impossible to get any work done with that noise.

  2. impossibleɪmˈpɒs ə bəl

    difficult to cope with or deal with

    an impossible situation; He's impossible when he gets into one of his moods.; a physical impossibility


  1. impossible(Noun)

    an impossibility

  2. impossible(Noun)

    that which seems impossible

    If we work together, we can achieve the impossible!

  3. impossible(Adjective)

    not possible, not able to be done.

  4. impossible(Adjective)

    of a person, very difficult to deal with.

    You never listen to a word I say - you're impossible!

  5. Origin: From impossible, from impossibilis, from in- + possibilis, from possum + suffix -ibilis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impossible(adj)

    not possible; incapable of being done, of existing, etc.; unattainable in the nature of things, or by means at command; insuperably difficult under the circumstances; absurd or impracticable; not feasible

  2. Impossible(noun)

    an impossibility


  1. Impossible

    "Impossible" is the 15th episode of the ABC television series, Desperate Housewives. The episode was the 15th episode for the show's first season. The episode was written by Marc Cherry and Tom Spezialy and was directed by Larry Shaw. It originally aired on February 20, 2005.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Impossible' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1445

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Impossible' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2519

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Impossible' in Adjectives Frequency: #171

Translations for Impossible

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


that cannot be or be done

It is impossible to sing and drink at the same time; an impossible task.

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