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These adjectives mean capable of occurring or being done. Possible indicates that something may happen, exist, be true, or be realizable: "I made out a list of questions and possible answers" (Mary Roberts Rinehart).
Workable is used of something that can be put into effective operation: If the scheme is workable, how will you implement it? Something that is practicable is capable of being effected, done, or put into practice: "As soon as it was practicable, he would wind up his business" (George Eliot).
Feasible refers to what can be accomplished, brought about, or carried out: Making cars by hand is possible but not economically feasible. Viable implies having the capacity for continuing effectiveness or success: "How viable are the ancient legends as vehicles for modern literary themes?" (Richard Kain).
pos•si•ble(ˈpɒs ə bəl)
Possible is an adjective. If something is possible, it can be done or achieved.
Possible is often used in expressions such as as soon as possible and as much as possible. If you do something as soon as possible, you do it as soon as you can.
Don't say 'as soon as possibly'.
You also use possible to say that something may be true or correct.
Possibly is an adverb. You use possibly to show that you are not sure about something.
You also use possibly when you are asking someone to do something in a very polite way. For example, you say 'Could you possibly carry this for me?'
|Noun||1.||possible - something that can be done; "politics is the art of the possible"|
|2.||possible - an applicant who might be suitable|
|Adj.||1.||possible - capable of happening or existing; "a breakthrough may be possible next year"; "anything is possible"; "warned of possible consequences"|
likely - has a good chance of being the case or of coming about; "these services are likely to be available to us all before long"; "she is likely to forget"; "a likely place for a restaurant"; "the broken limb is likely to fall"; "rain is likely"; "a likely topic for investigation"; "likely candidates for the job"
practical - concerned with actual use or practice; "he is a very practical person"; "the idea had no practical application"; "a practical knowledge of Japanese"; "woodworking is a practical art"
realistic - aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are; "a realistic description"; "a realistic view of the possibilities"; "a realistic appraisal of our chances"; "the actors tried to create a realistic portrayal of the Africans"
thinkable - capable of being conceived or imagined or considered
impossible - not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with; "an impossible dream"; "an impossible situation"
|2.||possible - existing in possibility; "a potential problem"; "possible uses of nuclear power"|
feasible impossible, unreasonable, unobtainable, impracticable, unfeasible
likely impossible, improbable
conceivable impossible, unlikely, incredible, unthinkable, inconceivable, unimaginable
she scored seven points out of a possible nine → obtuvo siete puntos de los nueve posibles
will it be possible for me to leave early? → ¿hay algún inconveniente en que me vaya antes de la hora?
as ... as possible try to make the lesson as interesting as possible → trata de que la lección sea lo más interesante posible
you must practise as much as possible → debes practicar todo lo que puedas or todo lo posible
as soon as possible → cuanto antes, lo antes posible
we provide the best possible accommodation for our students → nuestros estudiantes disponen del mejor de los alojamientos
if (at all) possible → si es posible, a ser posible
to make sth possible improvements made possible by new technology → mejoras fpl que la nueva tecnología ha hecho posible
he made it possible for me to go to Spain → gracias a él pude ir a España
the new legislation would make it possible for alcohol to be sold on Sundays → la nueva legislación posibilitaría la venta de alcohol los domingos
I meant it in the nicest possible way → lo dije con la mejor de las intenciones
we will help whenever possible → ayudaremos siempre y cuando sea posible, ayudaremos siempre que podamos
where possible, wherever possible → donde sea posible
they have joined the job market at the worst possible time → se han incorporado al mercado de trabajo en el peor momento posible or en el peor de los momentos
see also world A1
see also as C
see also far A2
what possible motive could she have? → ¿qué motivo puede tener?
there is no possible excuse for his behaviour → su comportamiento no tiene excusa que valga
it is possible that he'll come → es posible que venga, puede (ser) que venga
it's just possible he may still be there → existe una pequeña posibilidad de que siga allí
it is possible to do it → il est possible de le faire
if possible → si possible
if it's possible to ... → s'il est possible de ...
it's possible that .... (= conceivable) → il est possible que ...
It is possible that he said these things → Il est possible qu'il ait dit cela.
Yes, it's possible, but → Oui, c'est possible, mais ...
as big as possible → aussi gros que possible
as much as possible adv [help, work, rest] → autant que possible
to learn as much as possible → apprendre le plus de choses possibles
to do as much as possible → faire tout ce qu'on peut
I've done as much as possible on these files → J'ai fait tout ce que je pouvais sur ces fichiers.
as soon as possible → aussitôt que possible
the best possible time → le meilleur moment
the worst possible time → le pire moment
it is possible that he'll come → può darsi che or è possibile che venga
it is possible to do it → è possibile farlo, è fattibile
it will be possible for you to leave early → potrai uscire prima
as soon as possible → appena possibile, al più presto possibile
as big as possible → il più grande possibile
as far as possible → nei limiti del possibile
if (at all) possible → se (appena è) possibile
the best possible result → il miglior risultato possibile
to make sth possible for sb → rendere qc possibile a qn
what possible excuse can you have for your behaviour? → che giustificazione puoi trovare per il tuo comportamento?
a possible candidate → un possibile candidato