- 1Able to be done; within the power or capacity of someone or something: surely it’s not possible for a man to live so long? what are the possible alternatives? contact me as soon as possible I’d like the report this afternoon, if possibleMore example sentences
- But we have to take this up as soon as possible for reasons I will explain when I hear from you.
- Access as soon as possible for NGOs and aid is particularly important.
- The practice direction requires all applications to be made as soon as possible and before allocation if possible.
- 1.1Able to happen although not certain to; denoting a fact, event, or situation that may or may not occur or be so: a new theory emerged about the possible cause of the plane crash [with clause]: it is possible that he will have to return to the hospitalMore example sentences
- This does not contradict probable and possible effects, but it hides these words.
- The results are then tabulated in a series of checklists or grids to indicate possible or probable health effects.
- Moreover, pure public goods do not exist, with the possible exception of national defence.
- 1.2 [attributive] Able to be or become; potential: he was a possible future customerMore example sentences
- The property comes with a range of traditional farm buildings that have possible development potential.
- The site also includes a surface car park with possible development potential.
- Then a horse dies underneath you, you crash to the ground and in an instant you go from future star to possible paraplegic.
- 1.3 [with superlative] Having as much or as little of a specified quality as can be achieved: children need the best education possible the shortest possible routeMore example sentences
- It provides the best set of features with the highest possible quality in maps.
- To take care of those who need the health care and as high a quality as possible.
- On the other hand the insurer has to balance the lowest possible cost with the quality of the job.
- 1.4 [attributive] (Of a number or score) as high as is achievable in a test, competition, or game: he scored 723 points out of a possible 900More example sentences
- For they will have the freedom to boost their quota of scores to the highest possible tally.
- To facilitate pooling, soreness scores were converted to percentages of the maximum possible score.
- It has been awarded the highest possible score for its teaching quality.
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- 1A person or thing that has the potential to become or do something, especially a potential candidate for a job or membership on a team: I have marked five possibles with an asteriskMore example sentences
- A veteran himself at 35 he could prove to be a valuable addition to the club and a possible for the first team squad.
- Their striker, who had a knee operation during the summer, missed the probables versus possibles contest at Maine Road last weekend.
- The other players who were not in the initial tour squad because of injury problems are still possibles for the trip to Australia.
- 1.1 (the possible) That which is likely or achievable: they were living right at the edge of the possibleMore example sentences
- The first commitment must be to the dialogue process and to achieve the possible.
- Managers may be described as being too busy doing the possible to find time to reach for the difficult or impossible.
- We have done the possible, can we do better?
late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin possibilis, from posse 'be able'.