What does Impossible mean?

Definitions for Impossible
ɪmˈpɒs ə bəlim·pos·si·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. impossibleadjective

    something that cannot be done

    "his assignment verged on the impossible"

  2. impossibleadjective

    not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with

    "an impossible dream"; "an impossible situation"

  3. impossible, inconceivable, out of the question, unimaginableadjective

    totally unlikely

  4. impossible, insufferable, unacceptable, unsufferableadjective

    used of persons or their behavior

    "impossible behavior"; "insufferable insolence"


  1. impossiblenoun

    an impossibility

  2. impossiblenoun

    that which seems impossible

    If we work together, we can achieve the impossible!

  3. impossibleadjective

    not possible, not able to be done.

  4. impossibleadjective

    of a person, very difficult to deal with.

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Impossibleadjective

    Not to be done; not to be attained; impracticable.

    Etymology: impossibile, Fr. in and possible.

    Unlawful desires are punished after the effect of enjoying; but impossible desires are punished in the desire itself. Philip Sidney.

    It was impossible that the state should continue quiet. 2 Mac.

    With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Mat. xix. 26.

    'Twere impossible for any enterprize to be lawful, if that which should legitimate it is subsequent to it. Decay of Piety.

    Difficult it is, but not impossible. William Chillingworth.

    It is impossible the mind should be stopped any where in its progress in this space, how far soever it extends its thoughts. John Locke.

    We cannot believe it impossible to God to make a creature with more ways to convey into the understanding the notice of corporeal things than five. John Locke.

    I my thoughts deceive
    With hope of things impossible to find. William Walsh.


  1. Impossible

    Impossible is a song by the band Anberlin. It is the second track and first single from their fifth studio album, Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place. The song officially hit radio on July 12, 2010.


  1. impossible

    Impossible refers to something that cannot be done, accomplished or achieved due to various factors such as existing laws, conditions or physical limitations. It denotes a situation or event that is not feasible, viable or able to exist or become a reality. The term is also used to describe something that is extremely difficult or challenging to understand, believe or accept.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impossibleadjective

    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. Impossiblenoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Impossible

    im-pos′i-bl, adj. that which cannot be done: that cannot exist: absurd, or excessively odd.—n. Impossibil′ity.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. impossible

    A hateful word, generally supplanted among good seamen by "we'll try." A thing which is impossible in law, is pronounced to be all one with a thing impossible in nature.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Impossible in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Impossible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Impossible in a Sentence

  1. Lewis Carroll:

    Alice laughed. 'There's no use trying,' she said. 'One can't believe impossible things.' 'I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it half an hour a day. Why, sometimes, I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.'

  2. Brad Mittman MD:

    Quotes About The Impossible: ►Who defines what is impossible? No one. Impossible is simply the set of things that we have not YET achieved. ►Every record ever broken and every formerly ''impossible'' journey began with one person, taking one step forward and acting on their dream. Hear, then, ''impossible feat'' (feet) as the ultimate oxymoron. *Quotations by Brad Mittman MD

  3. Ivan Bravo:

    Impossible, impossible, they will be ready to have a very good team, a competitive team.

  4. Protester Pamela Sarabia:

    It's impossible that he didn't know about all these corruption charges. It's absolutely impossible that he didn't know about the things the vice president was doing and all the people around him.

  5. Gary Holder-Winfield:

    I reject your impossible. Most of what others tell me is impossible I know to be improbable. If it is impossible you have nothing more to do but if it is improbable…you can choose to ask the unasked question or walk the unwalked step. For me that has made all the difference.

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