impossible Definition

  • 1not able to occur, exist, or be done
  • 2very difficult to deal with or tolerate

Using impossible: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "impossible" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    It's impossible to predict the future.

  • Example

    Winning the lottery is not impossible, but it's highly unlikely.

  • Example

    It's impossible for me to finish this project by myself.

  • Example

    The task seemed impossible at first, but we managed to complete it.

impossible Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with impossible

  • a phrase used to describe a task that is extremely difficult or seemingly impossible to accomplish


    Finishing this project on time is like Mission Impossible.

  • extremely difficult or almost impossible to achieve


    Getting an A in this class is next to impossible.

  • anything can be achieved if one sets their mind to it


    Don't give up on your dreams. Remember, nothing is impossible.

Origins of impossible

from Old French 'imposible', from Latin 'impossibilis', from in- 'not' + possibilis 'that may be done'


Summary: impossible in Brief

The term 'impossible' [ɪmˈpɒsəbl] refers to something that cannot occur, exist, or be done, or is very difficult to deal with or tolerate. It is often used to describe tasks that are unachievable or unworkable, such as 'It's impossible for me to finish this project by myself.' 'Impossible' extends into phrases like 'Mission Impossible,' and idioms like 'next to impossible,' denoting extreme difficulty.

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