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possible

[ pos-uh-buh l ]
/ ˈpɒs ə bəl /
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adjective

that may or can be, exist, happen, be done, be used, etc.: a disease with no possible cure.
that may be true or may be the case, as something concerning which one has no knowledge to the contrary: It is possible that he has already gone.

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Nearby words

possessive pronoun, possessor, possessory, posset, possibility, possible, possible world, possibly, possie, posslq, possum

Origin of possible

1300–50; Middle English < Latin possibilis that may be done, equivalent to poss(e) to be able (see posse) + -ibilis -ible
Related formsnon·pos·si·ble, adjective
Can be confusedpossible practicable practical (see synonym study at the current entry) (see synonym study at practical)

Synonym study

1. Possible, feasible, practicable refer to that which may come about or take place without prevention by serious obstacles. That which is possible is naturally able or even likely to happen, other circumstances being equal: Discovery of a new source of plutonium may be possible. Feasible refers to the ease with which something can be done and implies a high degree of desirability for doing it: This plan is the most feasible. Practicable applies to that which can be done with the means that are at hand and with conditions as they are: We ascended the slope as far as was practicable.
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British Dictionary definitions for possible

possible

/ (ˈpɒsɪbəl) /

adjective

capable of existing, taking place, or proving true without contravention of any natural law
capable of being achievedit is not possible to finish in three weeks
having potential or capabilities for favourable use or developmentthe idea is a possible money-spinner
that may or may not happen or have happened; feasible but less than probableit is possible that man will live on Mars
logic (of a statement, formula, etc) capable of being true under some interpretation, or in some circumstances. Usual symbol: Mp or ◇ p, where p is the given expression

noun

another word for possibility (def. 3)

Word Origin for possible

C14: from Latin possibilis that may be, from posse to be able, have power

usage

Although it is very common to talk about something being very possible or more possible, these uses are generally thought to be incorrect, since possible describes an absolute state, and therefore something can only be possible or not possible: it is very likely (not very possible) that he will resign; it has now become easier (not more possible) to obtain an entry visa
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Idioms and Phrases with possible

possible


see as far as possible; as soon as possible.

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