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. Nicholas Rolnick via email:

    Major problems in the rehabilitation setting are the inability for patients to effectively strength train due to an injury or post-surgical precautions as well as pain, the growth of BFR training allows those individuals who would be unable to challenge their bodies under normal circumstances a chance to build more strength and muscle mass during times where it would be near impossible.

  2. President Barack Obama:

    When people are oppressed, and human rights are denied -- particularly along sectarian lines or ethnic lines -- when dissent is silenced, it feeds violent extremism, it creates an environment that is ripe for terrorists to exploit. When peaceful, democratic change is impossible, it feeds into the terrorist propaganda that violence is the only answer available.

  3. Wernher von Braun:

    I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution.

  4. Jeremy Taylor:

    It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance; for it requires knowledge to perceive it and therefore he that can perceive it hath it not.

  5. Dan Elwell:

    Silicon Valley is used to doing changes in their tech generations in months. The FAA and the big aviation world is used to doing technological refreshes and changes in decades, so the federal level is catching up, but it’s impossible to say how long it’s going to take because we don’t know the extent to which drones are going to come into the space.

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