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1. Capable of happening, existing, or being true without contradicting proven facts, laws, or circumstances: Is it possible to move faster than the speed of light?
2. Capable of becoming or of being made to be so; potential: possible suspects in the case; a possible site for the new capital.
3. Capable of occurring or being done in accordance with something specified. Used with the superlative: You'll get the best possible care at this hospital.
4. Capable of happening but of uncertain likelihood: It is possible that you might feel some discomfort after the procedure.
5. Permissible: Is it possible to enter the gallery at this hour?

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin possibilis, from posse, to be able; see poti- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: possible, workable, practicable, feasible, viable
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).
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1. capable of existing, taking place, or proving true without contravention of any natural law
2. capable of being achieved: it is not possible to finish in three weeks.
3. having potential or capabilities for favourable use or development: the idea is a possible money-spinner.
4. that may or may not happen or have happened; feasible but less than probable: it is possible that man will live on Mars.
5. (Logic) logic (of a statement, formula, etc) capable of being true under some interpretation, or in some circumstances. Usual symbol: Mp or ◇p, where p is the given expression
another word for possibility3
[C14: from Latin possibilis that may be, from posse to be able, have power]
Usage: Although it is very common to talk about something being very possible or more possible, these uses are generally thought to be incorrect, since possible describes an absolute state, and therefore something can only be possible or not possible: it is very likely (not very possible) that he will resign; it has now become easier (not more possible) to obtain an entry visa
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(ˈpɒs ə bəl)

1. that may or can exist, happen, be done, be used, etc.: a possible cure.
2. that may be true or may be the case: It is possible that she has left.
[1300–50; < Latin possibilis that may be done =poss(e) to be able (see posse) + -ibilis -ible]
syn: possible, feasible, practicable refer to that which may come about or take place without prevention by serious obstacles. That which is possible is naturally able or likely to happen, other circumstances being equal: He offered a possible compromise. feasible refers to the ease with which something can be done and implies a high degree of desirability for doing it: Which plan is the most feasible? practicable applies to that which can be done with the means at hand and with conditions as they are: We ascended the slope as far as was practicable.
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1. 'possible'

Possible is an adjective. If something is possible, it can be done or achieved.

It is possible for us to measure the amount of rain.
Some improvement may be possible.

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.

I like to know as much as possible about my patients.
He sat as far away from me as possible.

Be Careful!
Don't say 'as soon as possibly'.

You also use possible to say that something may be true or correct.

It is possible that he made a mistake.
That's one possible answer.
2. 'possibly'

Possibly is an adverb. You use possibly to show that you are not sure about something.

Television is possibly to blame for this.
She is always cheerful, which is possibly why people like her.

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?'

Could you possibly meet me there tomorrow at ten?
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.possible - something that can be donepossible - something that can be done; "politics is the art of the possible"
possible action, possibility, opening - a possible alternative; "bankruptcy is always a possibility"
2.possible - an applicant who might be suitable
applicant, applier - a person who requests or seeks something such as assistance or employment or admission
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"
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1. feasible, viable, workable, achievable, within reach, on (informal), practicable, attainable, doable, realizable, Po$Ebl (S.M.S.) Everything is possible if we want it enough.
feasible impossible, unreasonable, unobtainable, impracticable, unfeasible
2. likely, potential, anticipated, probable, odds-on, on the cards, Po$Ebl (S.M.S.) One possible solution is to take legal action.
likely impossible, improbable
3. conceivable, likely, credible, plausible, hypothetical, imaginable, believable, thinkable, Po$Ebl (S.M.S.) It's just possible that he was trying to put me off the trip.
conceivable impossible, unlikely, incredible, unthinkable, inconceivable, unimaginable
4. aspiring, would-be, promising, hopeful, prospective, wannabe (informal), Po$Ebl (S.M.S.) a possible presidential contender
"Everything is possible, including the impossible" [Benito Mussolini]
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1. Capable of occurring or being done:
Idiom: within reach.
2. Capable of being but not yet in existence:
3. Having a chance of happening or being true:
4. Capable of being anticipated, considered, or imagined:
Idioms: humanly possible, within the bounds of possibility.
5. Capable of favorable development:
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مَقْبول، مُرْضٍمُـمْكِنمُمكِن
mögulegurmögulegur, ásættanlegur
galimumaskaip galimaniekaip
có thể


1. (= feasible) → posible
she scored seven points out of a possible nineobtuvo 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 possibletrata de que la lección sea lo más interesante posible
you must practise as much as possibledebes practicar todo lo que puedas or todo lo posible
as soon as possiblecuanto antes, lo antes posible
we provide the best possible accommodation for our studentsnuestros estudiantes disponen del mejor de los alojamientos
if (at all) possiblesi es posible, a ser posible
to make sth possible improvements made possible by new technologymejoras fpl que la nueva tecnología ha hecho posible
he made it possible for me to go to Spaingracias a él pude ir a España
the new legislation would make it possible for alcohol to be sold on Sundaysla nueva legislación posibilitaría la venta de alcohol los domingos
I meant it in the nicest possible waylo dije con la mejor de las intenciones
we will help whenever possibleayudaremos siempre y cuando sea posible, ayudaremos siempre que podamos
where possible, wherever possibledonde sea posible
they have joined the job market at the worst possible timese 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
2. (= likely) → posible
a possible candidateun posible candidato
3. (= conceivable) → posible
what possible motive could she have?¿qué motivo puede tener?
there is no possible excuse for his behavioursu comportamiento no tiene excusa que valga
it is possible that he'll comees posible que venga, puede (ser) que venga
it's just possible he may still be thereexiste una pequeña posibilidad de que siga allí
B. N
1. (= suitable person) (for job) → candidato/a m/f
he's a possible for Saturday's matches posible que juegue en el partido del sábado
the possiblelo posible
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[ˈpɒsɪbəl] adj
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 ...
(in superlatives) as far as possible → dans la mesure du possible, autant que possible
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
to do everything possible → faire tout son possible
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adjmöglich; anything is possiblemöglich ist alles; as soon/often/far as possibleso bald/oft/weit wie möglich; as quickly as possibleso rasch or schnell wie möglich; the best/worst/quickest possibleder/die/das bestmögliche/schlechtestmögliche/schnellstmögliche …; if (at all) possiblefalls (irgend) möglich; it’s just possible that I’ll see you before theneventuell sehe ich dich vorher noch; it’s just possible, I supposees ist unwahrscheinlich, aber möglich; there is no possible excuse for his behaviourfür sein Verhalten gibt es absolut keine Entschuldigung; the only possible choice, the only choice possibledie einzig mögliche Wahl; it will be possible for you to return the same dayes besteht or Sie haben die Möglichkeit, am selben Tag zurückzukommen; to make something possibleetw ermöglichen, etw möglich machen; to make it possible for somebody to do somethinges jdm ermöglichen, etw zu tun; where possiblewo möglich; wherever possiblewo immer möglich, wo immer es möglich ist
nMöglichkeit f; a long list of possibles for the jobeine lange Liste möglicher Kandidaten für die Stelle; the possibles played the probables (Sport) → die möglichen Kandidaten spielten gegen die wahrscheinlichen (Kandidaten); he is a possible for the English teamer kommt für die englische Mannschaft infrage or in Frage; the first three houses were all possiblesdie ersten drei Häuser kamen alle infrage or in Frage
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1. adjpossibile
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
2. n a list of possibles for the jobuna lista dei possibili candidati al posto
he's a possible for Saturday's match → è uno dei possibili giocatori per la partita di sabato
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(ˈposəbl) adjective
1. able to happen or be done. It's possible that the train will be delayed; We'll come as soon as possible; I'll do everything possible; She did the only possible thing in the circumstances.
2. satisfactory; acceptable. I've thought of a possible solution to the problem.
ˌpossiˈbilityplural possiˈbilities noun
something that is possible; the state of being possible; (a) likelihood. There isn't much possibility of that happening; There's a possibility of war; The plan has possibilities (= looks as if it may be a good one).
ˈpossibly adverb
1. perhaps. `Will you have time to do it?' `Possibly.'
2. in a way or manner that is possible. I'll come as fast as I possibly can; I can't possibly eat any more; Could you possibly lend me your pen?
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مُـمْكِن možný mulig möglich ενδεχόμενος posible mahdollinen possible moguć possibile 可能な 가능한 mogelijk mulig możliwy possível возможный möjlig ซึ่งเป็นไปได้ olası có thể 可能的
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adj posible; as much as possible..lo más posible
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References in classic literature ?
It is, moreover, evident from what has been said, that it is not the function of the poet to relate what has happened, but what may happen,-- what is possible according to the law of probability or necessity.
Many a step advanced he forwards, in order to conceal the trembling hind, and, if possible, to secure her retreat.
Charles Vernon, and yet, in spite of his generous endeavours to excuse her, we know that she did, from the most selfish motives, take all possible pains to prevent his marriage with Catherine.
Having determined thus far, it remains that we consider whether all these different employments shall be open to all; for it is possible to continue the same persons always husbandmen, artificers, judges, or counsellors; or shall we appoint different persons to each of those employments which we have already mentioned; or shall some of them be appropriated to particulars, and others of course common to all?
If standing armies are dangerous to liberty, an efficacious power over the militia, in the body to whose care the protection of the State is committed, ought, as far as possible, to take away the inducement and the pretext to such unfriendly institutions.
Nor, to generalize, would it ever be possible in the case of number that there should be a common boundary among the parts; they are always separate.
A was undermining B, D was undermining C, and so on in all possible combinations and permutations.
The domestic nature of the story makes this audacious proceeding possible; while the lively fancies of my young readers will supply all deficiencies, and overlook all discrepancies.
But these two harpoons, each by its own cord, are both connected with the line; the object being this: to dart them both, if possible, one instantly after the other into the same whale; so that if, in the coming drag, one should draw out, the other may still retain a hold.
Vanstone to deprive me, if possible, of all future interests in my husband's fortune.
And I know that every one will confess that it would be most praiseworthy in a prince to exhibit all the above qualities that are considered good; but because they can neither be entirely possessed nor observed, for human conditions do not permit it, it is necessary for him to be sufficiently prudent that he may know how to avoid the reproach of those vices which would lose him his state; and also to keep himself, if it be possible, from those which would not lose him it; but this not being possible, he may with less hesitation abandon himself to them.
Secondly, is it possible that an animal having, for instance, the structure and habits of a bat, could have been formed by the modification of some animal with wholly different habits?