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im·pos·si·ble

 (ĭm-pŏs′ə-bəl)
adj.
1. Incapable of having existence or of occurring.
2. Not capable of being accomplished: an impossible goal.
3. Unacceptable; intolerable: impossible behavior.
4. Extremely difficult to deal with or tolerate: an impossible child; an impossible situation.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin impossibilis : in-, not; see in-1 + possibilis, possible; see possible.]

im·pos′si·bly adv.

impossible

(ɪmˈpɒsəbəl)
adj
1. incapable of being done, undertaken, or experienced
2. incapable of occurring or happening
3. absurd or inconceivable; unreasonable: it's impossible to think of him as a bishop.
4. informal intolerable; outrageous: those children are impossible.
imˈpossibleness n
imˈpossibly adv

im•pos•si•ble

(ɪmˈpɒs ə bəl)

adj.
1. not possible; incapable of being or happening.
2. unable to be performed or effected: an impossible assignment.
3. difficult beyond reason or propriety: an impossible situation.
4. utterly impracticable: an impossible plan.
5. hopelessly unsuitable, undesirable, or objectionable: an impossible person.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Latin]
im•pos′si•ble•ness, n.
im•pos′si•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.impossible - something that cannot be doneimpossible - something that cannot be done; "his assignment verged on the impossible"
impossible action, impossibility - an alternative that is not available
Adj.1.impossible - not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with; "an impossible dream"; "an impossible situation"
hopeless - without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success; "in an agony of hopeless grief"; "with a hopeless sigh he sat down"
impractical - not practical; not workable or not given to practical matters; "refloating the ship proved impractical because of the expense"; "he is intelligent but too impractical for commercial work"; "an impractical solution"
unrealistic - not realistic; "unrealistic expectations"; "prices at unrealistic high levels"
insurmountable, unsurmountable - not capable of being surmounted or overcome; "insurmountable disadvantages"
unthinkable - incapable of being conceived or considered
possible - capable of happening or existing; "a breakthrough may be possible next year"; "anything is possible"; "warned of possible consequences"
2.impossible - totally unlikelyimpossible - totally unlikely      
unthinkable - incapable of being conceived or considered
3.impossible - used of persons or their behaviorimpossible - used of persons or their behavior; "impossible behavior"; "insufferable insolence"
intolerable, unbearable, unendurable - incapable of being put up with; "an intolerable degree of sentimentality"

impossible

adjective
1. not possible, out of the question, impracticable, unfeasible, beyond the bounds of possibility It was impossible to get in because no one knew the password.
2. unachievable, hopeless, out of the question, vain, unthinkable, inconceivable, far-fetched, unworkable, implausible, unattainable, unobtainable, beyond you, not to be thought of You shouldn't promise what's impossible.
unachievable possible, likely, reasonable, plausible, conceivable, imaginable
4. intolerable, unbearable, insufferable, painful, insupportable, unendurable, excruciating, beyond bearing, not to be borne This woman is impossible, she thought.
Quotations
"It is only the impossible that is possible for God. He has given over the possible to the mechanics of matter and the autonomy of his creatures" [Simone Weil A War of Religions]
"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast" [Lewis Carroll Through the Looking-Glass]

impossible

adjective
1. Not capable of happening or being done:
2. So unpleasant or painful as not to be endured or tolerated:
3. Given to acting in opposition to others:
Translations
غَيْر مُمْكِن، مُسْتَحيللا يُطاقمستحيلمُسْتَحِيلٌ
nemožnýnesnesitelný
umulig
mahdotonkamalakauhea
nemogućnepodnošljivneizdrživ
lehetetlen
ómögulegurómögulegur, ógerleguróòolandi
不可能な
불가능한
neįmanomaineįmanomasneįmanomas dalykasnepakenčiamas
neciešamsneiespējamsnepanesams
imposibil
nemogoč
omöjlig
ที่เป็นไปไม่ได้
çekilmezimkansızimkânsızolanaksıztahammül edilemez
không thể

impossible

[ɪmˈpɒsəbl]
A. ADJ
1. (= not possible) [task, dream] → imposible
impossible!¡imposible!, ¡no es posible!
it's almost impossible to read her writingleer su letra es casi imposible, es casi imposible leer su letra
this cooker is impossible to clean!¡esta cocina es imposible de limpiar!, ¡limpiar esta cocina es imposible!
the fog made it impossible to see very farla niebla impedía ver a mucha distancia
it is impossible for me to leave nowme es imposible salir ahora
it's not impossible thatexiste la posibilidad de que ...
to be physically impossibleser físicamente imposible EASY, DIFFICULT, IMPOSSIBLE
2. (= not tolerable) [person] → insufrible, insoportable; [situation] → insostenible
to be in an impossible positionhallarse en una situación insostenible
you're impossible!¡eres insufrible or insoportable!
B. N
the impossiblelo imposible
to ask for/do the impossiblepedir/hacer lo imposible

impossible

[ɪmˈpɒsəbəl]
adj
[task, demand, enterprise] → impossible
She makes impossible demands of her employees → Elle a des exigences impossibles envers ses employés.
sth is impossible to ...
These feelings are impossible to ignore → Ce sont des sentiments qu'il est impossible d'ignorer.
it is impossible to ...
It is impossible to understand what's going on → Il est impossible de comprendre ce qui se passe.
it is impossible for sb to do sth
It is impossible for me to leave → Il m'est impossible de partir.
It's impossible for me to leave now → Il m'est impossible de partir maintenant.
(= very difficult) [situation, position] → impossible
[person] (= unreasonable) → impossible
n
the impossible → l'impossible m

impossible

adj
unmöglich; dreamunerfüllbar; impossible!ausgeschlossen!, unmöglich!; it is impossible for him to leave/do thater kann unmöglich gehen/das unmöglich tun; this cooker is impossible to cleanes ist unmöglich, diesen Herd sauber zu kriegen; I find it impossible to understand why she resignedich finde es unverständlich or unbegreiflich or ich kann nicht begreifen, warum sie gekündigt hat; to make it impossible for somebody to do somethinges jdm unmöglich machen, etw zu tun
(= hopeless) situation, positionaussichtslos; I am faced with an impossible choice/decisionich stehe vor einer unmöglichen Wahl/Entscheidung; you put me in an impossible positiondu bringst mich in eine unmögliche Lage
(inf: = intolerable) personunerträglich, unmöglich (inf); you’re impossible!du bist unmöglich! (inf)
nUnmögliche(s) nt; to ask for the impossibleUnmögliches verlangen; to do the impossible (in general) → Unmögliches tun; (in particular case) → das Unmögliche tun

impossible

[ɪmˈpɒsəbl] adj
a. (task, enterprise, situation) → impossibile
it is impossible for me to leave now → mi è impossibile andar via adesso
it is impossible/not impossible for her to do that → le è impossibile/non le è impossibile farlo
to make it impossible for sb to do sth → mettere qn nell'impossibilità di fare qc
to do the impossible → fare l'impossibile
b. (fam) (child, person, difficult, intolerable) → impossibile, insopportabile

impossible

(imˈposəbl) adjective
1. that cannot be or be done. It is impossible to sing and drink at the same time; an impossible task.
2. hopelessly bad or wrong. That child's behaviour is quite impossible.
imˈpossibly adverb
imˌpossiˈbility noun

impossible

مُسْتَحِيلٌ nemožný umulig unmöglich ανέφικτος imposible mahdoton impossible nemoguć impossibile 不可能な 불가능한 onmogelijk umulig niemożliwy impossível невозможный omöjlig ที่เป็นไปไม่ได้ imkansız không thể 不可能的

impossible

a. imposible.

impossible

adj imposible
References in classic literature ?
If he describes the impossible, he is guilty of an error; but the error may be justified, if the end of the art be thereby attained (the end being that already mentioned), if, that is, the effect of this or any other part of the poem is thus rendered more striking.
It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him.
And if it is impossible, well, haven't I achieved it?
It is impossible to say to what violent measures her present extremity may not drive her.
One must let you drink your coffee in peace, at least," said Matvey, in the affectionately gruff tone with which it was impossible to be angry.
Long does not come back till the day before; so it will be impossible for her to introduce him, for she will not know him herself.
But to forestall the French with his whole army was impossible.
He maintained that it was absolutely impossible to impress upon any body whatever a velocity of 12,000 yards per second; that even with such a velocity a projectile of such a weight could not transcend the limits of the earth's atmosphere.
No road can be plainer than that from the place where they now were to Coventry; and though neither Jones, nor Partridge, nor the guide, had ever travelled it before, it would have been almost impossible to have missed their way, had it not been for the two reasons mentioned in the conclusion of the last chapter.
It was impossible to do the one without the other," returned Enfield.
Whether the seamen of three hundred years hence will have the faculty of sympathy it is impossible to say.
Besides, it will be impossible to prevent some persons from suspecting that they are brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers to each other; for, from the mutual likeness there is between the sire and the offspring, they will necessarily conclude in what relation they stand to each other, which circumstance, we are informed by those writers who describe different parts of the world, does sometimes happen; for in Upper Africa there are wives in common who yet deliver their children to their respective fathers, being guided by their likeness to them.