Definition of impossibility in English:


Syllabification: im·pos·si·bil·i·ty
Pronunciation: /imˌpäsəˈbilitē

noun (plural impossibilities)

  • 1The state or fact of being impossible: the impossibility of walking anywhere in this jungle
    More example sentences
    • The sheer impossibility of summarising Oracle Night is in fact a mark of the book's strength.
    • In fact, the impossibility of answering the question is his very reason for asking it.
    • How do you explain the apparent impossibility of your words?
  • 1.1An impossible thing or situation: they believe that a world at peace is an impossibility
    More example sentences
    • I could believe in impossibilities, but you made them realities.
    • Previously conceived impossibilities danced in all their minds as they forged forward.
    • After eliminating the impossibilities, the master of deduction explained, he had been left with one simple irrevocable conclusion, as plain as the nose on one's face.


late Middle English: from French impossibilité or Latin impossibilitas, from impossibilis, from in- 'not' + possibilis (see possible).

More definitions of impossibility

Definition of impossibility in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space