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1Not able to occur, exist, or be done.‘a seemingly impossible task’[with infinitive] ‘it was almost impossible to keep up with him’
unattainable, unachievable, unobtainable, hopeless, impractical, implausible, far-fetched, impracticable, unworkablenot possible, beyond the bounds of possibility, out of the question, not worth consideringView synonyms
- ‘Within a few years making such a film became difficult: it would be impossible today.’
- ‘It is impossible to know what the real situation is, so we assume the worst.’
- ‘I wanted to be sympathetic to their experience, but found it impossible.’
- ‘We'll only give in when it becomes mathematically impossible to catch them.’
- ‘Evidently it was difficult but not impossible to achieve the rank of officer.’
- ‘He points out that in Bangalore, it is well-nigh impossible to get a hotel room.’
- ‘Representing such a lifetime's work on a single disc is a near impossible task.’
- ‘Insufficient archaeological evidence makes it impossible at the moment to answer any of these questions with confidence.’
- ‘Even tasks I have done a million times alone become impossible feats when others are watching.’
- ‘She told me that what I was suggesting was physically impossible to achieve.’
- ‘An impossible dream, I told myself, but it was what I wanted.’
- ‘Not being nervous is, of course, probably impossible under the circumstances.’
- ‘She told a newspaper how even simple tasks like buying a pint of milk have become impossible for her.’
- ‘For this reason a refund was impossible, a situation which we regard as very unfair.’
- ‘Could he have pulled off the seemingly impossible feat of winning a fourth consecutive Gold Cup?’
- ‘To determine their views is a difficult task, no doubt, but not entirely impossible.’
- ‘Synthesising all of the various glycoforms in the laboratory would be an almost impossible task.’
- ‘She also can only pick things up with her right hand and everyday tasks such as opening a bottle are impossible.’
- ‘While canvassing, it's impossible to tell which way people will vote.’
- ‘Drug use has become so widespread and accepted that it is impossible to enforce existing laws.’
- 1.1Very difficult to deal with.‘she was in an impossible situation’
- ‘Clergy and parents are being put through impossible situations each and every year.’
- ‘The situation is impossible, but my love for the country is too great for me to leave.’
- ‘For some people such a situation might be unacceptable or even an impossible state of affairs.’
- ‘That wrong knowing of the nature of the world puts us in an impossible situation.’
- ‘Those of you in that impossible situation have all my empathy, and best wishes for a happy resolution.’
- ‘He added it would put people from Pool in an impossible situation.’
- ‘The entire programme was based around the index, so it appeared to be an impossible situation.’
- 1.2informal (of a person) very unreasonable.‘‘Impossible woman!’ the doctor complained’
- ‘He was confusing enough when he was alive but now, when he's dead, he's impossible.’
Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin impossibilis, from in- not + possibilis (see possible).
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