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Meaning of possible by Wiktionary Dictionary

possible


    Etymology

    From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin possibilis ( “possible” ), from Latin posse ( “to be able” ); see power .

    Pronunciation

    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈpɒsᵻbl̩/, X-SAMPA: /"pQsI\bl=/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /ˈpɑsəbl̩/, X-SAMPA: /"pAs@bl=/
    • Hyphenation: pos‧si‧ble

    Adjective

    possible ( comparative more possible, superlative most possible )

    1. ( usually not comparable ) Able but not certain to happen; not impossible .
      Rain tomorrow is possible, but I wouldn't bet on it .
      It's not just possible, it's probable .
    2. ( comparable ) Capable of being done or achieved; feasible.
    3. Being considered, e.g. for a position .
      Jones and Smith are both possible for the opening in sales .

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    Noun

    possible ( plural: possibles )

    1. A possible one
    2. ( colloquial, rare ) A possible choice, notably someone being considered for a position .
      Jones is a possible for the new opening in sales .
    3. ( rare ) A particular event that may happen .

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    External links

    • possible in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • possible in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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Explanation of possible by Wordnet Dictionary

possible


    Adjective
    1. existing in possibility

    2. possible uses of nuclear power
    3. capable of happening or existing

    4. a breakthrough may be possible next year
      anything is possible
      warned of possible consequences
    Noun
    1. something that can be done

    2. politics is the art of the possible
    3. an applicant who might be suitable



    Definition of possible by GCIDE Dictionary

    possible


    1. Possible a. [F., fr. L. possibilis, fr. posse to be able, to have power; potis able, capable + esse to be. See Potent, Am, and cf. Host a landlord.] 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”.

      With God all things are possible. Matt. xix. 26.

      Syn. -- Practicable; likely. See Practicable.