Meaning of IMPOSSIBLE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ (ˌ)im-ˈpä-sə-bəl ]


Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin impossibilis, from in- + possibilis possible

Date: 14th century


a. : incapable of being or of occurring

b. : felt to be incapable of being done, attained, or fulfilled : insuperably difficult

an impossible deadline


a. : extremely undesirable : unacceptable

b. : extremely awkward or difficult to deal with

the actor was impossible on the set

• im·pos·si·ble·ness noun

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