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"

Wiktionary

  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.

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

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. Alireza Jahangirian:

    As long as ... a disruption has not taken place, we cannot make a definite assertion. But if it happens, Iran will take legal action, america does not have the right to stop our planes on international trips ... Under international laws, it is impossible to seize the new Iranian aircraft.

  2. California Civil Code, "Object of a Contract":

    #1597. Everything is deemed possible except that which is impossible in the nature of things.

  3. Grover Norquist:

    Between now and then I think it is next to impossible.

  4. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic:

    It is impossible to determine how many refugees have already reached European shores and are somewhere between Greece and Germany, but camps throughout The Balkans, as well as Western Europe, are packed with refugees in increasingly tense situations. Related ImageExpand / ContractPolice in Macedonia hold back hordes of refugees hoping to pass through The Balkans en route to Western Europe. ( FoxNews.com) After Hungary took action, refugees streamed into Croatia from Serbia, prompting Croatia to close its border and trapping some 11,000 inside Serbia. Refugees were still working their way through Macedonia and into Serbia, where they remained stuck at the Hungarian border as Serbian and Hungarian officials traded terse statements. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic accused Hungarian police of lobbing tear gas across the border and urged European Union to condemn the brutal behavior of the Hungarian police to refugees and media workers. Serbia itself can protect its territory and national dignity, and, if necessary, from the European Union, we will protect the European values.

  5. Najib Mikati:

    The situation is difficult, it is very difficult, however it is not impossible if we unite... our priority is to appease the suffering of the Lebanese people.

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