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.


  1. possible

    Possible refers to things, actions or outcomes that are capable of happening, becoming real, or being achieved or undertaken given the right conditions or circumstances. It also implies the potential for variation, alternatives, or different outcomes.

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. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, "Meditations", book 5.:

    Where life is possible at all, a right life is possible; life in a palace is possible; therefore even in a palace a right life is possible.

  2. Eamon Weber:

    The rules are changing every day still, we're obviously going to play by the rules, we want to be as safe as possible. We want all of our customers be as safe as possible, the employees safe as possible. But we are still kind of in that, we don't know what's going to happen tomorrow, mentality.

  3. Aristotle:

    It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way.

  4. Mark Feinberg:

    You quickly recognize that you have a vaccine that can have such a major impact in preventing cervical cancer, and the greatest disease burden is concentrated in the world's poorest communities. You cannot with any conscience not come forward and make the vaccine affordable and create a sustainable vaccination program, the program in Rwanda had two purposes: to get the vaccine to a population who could benefit, but also to demonstrate what was possible. Rwanda is an incredible country in its commitment to national health. If it wasn't possible in Rwanda, we knew it wouldn't be possible anywhere else.

  5. Adam Schiff:

    Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated. ... Yes, it is possible, it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated and that the Russians used the same techniques to corrupt US persons that they employed in Europe and elsewhere. We simply don't know, not yet, and we owe it to the country to find out.

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