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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 ?
Laurie turned red again, but wasn't offended at being accused of bashfulness, for there was so much good will in Jo it was impossible not to take her blunt speeches as kindly as they were meant.
She wanted to cry out with joy because of the words that had come from the lips of her son, but the expression of joy had become impossible to her.
No, it is impossible to wait, Tom," declared Professor Bumper.
On the morning of the twenty-second, grandfather announced at breakfast that it would be impossible to go to Black Hawk for Christmas purchases.
She never knew precisely what to make of it; at that moment it was impossible for her to guess how much of it was jest and what proportion was earnest.
It is impossible to say what unlooked-for remark this short and silent communication, between two such singular men, might have elicited from the white man, had not his active curiosity been again drawn to other objects.
Dashwood remained at Norland several months; not from any disinclination to move when the sight of every well known spot ceased to raise the violent emotion which it produced for a while; for when her spirits began to revive, and her mind became capable of some other exertion than that of heightening its affliction by melancholy remembrances, she was impatient to be gone, and indefatigable in her inquiries for a suitable dwelling in the neighbourhood of Norland; for to remove far from that beloved spot was impossible.
It is impossible to say to what violent measures her present extremity may not drive her.
It was impossible to do the one without the other," returned Enfield.
Some took sides with Phileas Fogg, but the large majority shook their heads and declared against him; it was absurd, impossible, they declared, that the tour of the world could be made, except theoretically and on paper, in this minimum of time, and with the existing means of travelling.
They were really hypnotised; had been told that certain things were impossible, and that certain things were not to be done, and these prohibitions were woven into the texture of their minds beyond any possibility of disobedience or dispute.
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.