non possumus

[ non pos-uh-muhs; Latin nohn poh-soo-moos ]

  1. a statement that something cannot be done: The Pope would not accept a non possumus from the king.

Origin of non possumus

From Latin: literally, “we cannot”

Words Nearby non possumus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use non possumus in a sentence

  • Illa qu recitata sunt, vera sunt, sunt pura veritas; non possumus inficiari.

  • He knew the non possumus of Rome too well to believe that in a spiritual crisis she could be moved by the threats of any ruler.

    Ten Years Near the German Frontier | Maurice Francis Egan
  • The Austrian Government abandoned its non possumus, and discussed the nature and extent of the compensation alleged to be due.

    England and Germany | Emile Joseph Dillon
  • Itaque non modo quod non possumus, sed ne quantum possumus quidem cogimur.

    Cato Maior de Senectute | Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • To this absolute-idealistic demand pragmatism simply opposes its non possumus.

    The Meaning of Truth | William James