What does possible mean?

Definitions for possible
ˈpɒs ə bəlpos·si·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. possiblenoun

    something that can be done

    "politics is the art of the possible"

  2. possibleadjective

    an applicant who might be suitable

  3. possibleadjective

    capable of happening or existing

    "a breakthrough may be possible next year"; "anything is possible"; "warned of possible consequences"

  4. potential, possibleadjective

    existing in possibility

    "a potential problem"; "possible uses of nuclear power"


  1. possiblenoun

    A possible one

  2. possiblenoun

    A possible choice, notably someone being considered for a position.

    Jones is a possible for the new opening in sales.

  3. possiblenoun

    A particular event that may happen.

  4. possibleadjective

    Able but not certain to happen; not impossible.

  5. possibleadjective

    Capable of being done or achieved; feasible.

  6. possibleadjective

    Being considered, e.g. for a position.

    Jones and Smith are both possible for the opening in sales.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. POSSIBLEadjective

    Having the power to be or to be done; not contrary to the nature of things.

    Etymology: possible, Fr. possibilis, Lat.

    Admit all these impossibilities and great absurdities to be possible and convenient. John Whitgift.

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

    All things are possible to him that believeth. Mar. ix. 23.

    Firm we subsist, but possible to swerve. John Milton.

    It will scarce seem possible, that God should engrave principles in men’s minds in words of uncertain signification. John Locke.

    Set a pleasure tempting, and the hand of the Almighty visibly prepared to take vengeance, and tell whether it be possible for people wantonly to offend against the law. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Possibleadjective

    capable of existing or occurring, or of being conceived or thought of; able to happen; capable of being done; not contrary to the nature of things; -- sometimes used to express extreme improbability; barely able to be, or to come to pass; as, possibly he is honest, as it is possible that Judas meant no wrong

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Possible

    pos′i-bl, adj. that may be or happen: that may be done: not contrary to the nature of things.—n. Possibil′ity, state of being possible: that which is possible: a contingency.—adv. Poss′ibly. [Fr.,—L. possibilisposse, to be able.]

Editors Contribution

  1. possible

    Capable of being created in order of priority.

    The possible product was being created and they decided the most fair & just solution was to work in unity with each other.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 24, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'possible' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #235

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'possible' in Written Corpus Frequency: #587

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'possible' in Adjectives Frequency: #19

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of possible in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of possible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of possible in a Sentence

  1. Megan Crandall:

    In no way is there any intention whatsoever to let this languish, our intention is to move forward with as much alacrity as possible.

  2. Minnesota Andrew Luger:

    These were focused men who were intent on joining a terrorist organization by any means possible.

  3. Lawrence Norden:

    A lot of people are worried that if it takes a long time to count, people are going to use that to say we cant trust the results, when in fact its the exact opposite, its taking so long because of all these security measures to make sure the count is as accurate as possible.

  4. Serhiy Demedyuk:

    This is support on a government level - very expensive and very synchronized. Without the help of government bodies it would not be possible. We're talking now about the Russian Federation, everything we're seeing, everything we've intercepted in this period: 99 percent of the traces come from Russia.

  5. Stephanie Meeks:

    This year demonstrated once again what remarkable things are possible when people come together with a plan for action and a determination to save places that matter to them.

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    showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth
    • A. blistering
    • B. occasional
    • C. opaque
    • D. profound

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