Meaning of IMPOSSIBLE in English

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


Something that is ~ cannot be done or cannot happen.

It was ~ for anyone to get in because no one knew the password...

He thinks the tax is ~ to administer...

Keller is good at describing music–an almost ~ task to do well.

? possible

ADJ: oft it v-link ADJ to-inf/that, ADJ to-inf

The ~ is something which is ~.

They were expected to do the ~...

N-SING: the N


Mathematical physics is an almost impossibly difficult subject.

ADV: ADV adj

impossibility (impossibilities)

...the impossibility of knowing absolute truth.

N-VAR: oft the N of n


An ~ situation or an ~ position is one that is very difficult to deal with.

The Government was now in an almost ~ position.

= hopeless



If you describe someone as ~, you are annoyed that their bad behaviour or strong views make them difficult to deal with.

The woman is ~, thought Frannie.

= intolerable

ADJ disapproval

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