Definition of impossibility in English:


Line breaks: im|pos¦si|bil¦ity
Pronunciation: /ɪmˌpɒsɪˈbɪlɪti

noun (plural impossibilities)

[mass noun]
  • 1The state or fact of being impossible: the impossibility of finding reliable staff
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    • 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?
  • 1.1 [count noun] An impossible thing: they believe that a world at peace is an impossibility
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    • 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 impossibilite or Latin impossibilitas, from impossibilis, from in- 'not' + possibilis (see possible).

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