Definition of impossibility in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪmˌpɒsɪˈbɪlɪti/

noun (plural impossibilities)

[mass noun]
1The state or fact of being impossible: the impossibility of finding reliable staff
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?
1.1 [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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