Definition of impossibly in US English:



  • 1as submodifier So as to be impossible.

    ‘impossibly high standards’
    • ‘We only feel guilt, hostility, and anger when we measure ourselves and others against impossibly high standards.’
    • ‘There are simple important questions which might have simple concise explanations, but finding these explanations seems impossibly difficult.’
    • ‘David is a man who sets himself impossibly high standards and then loathes himself for failing to achieve them.’
    • ‘You met… and still meet most all of my impossibly high standards, except for the big one: You aren't interested in me in return.’
    • ‘Unlike elementary particles, there was a well-defined theory, the general theory of relativity, but this was thought to be impossibly difficult.’
    • ‘At the time, dogmatists fiercely defended the view that an artificial lens would be impossibly difficult to implant, and would also be rejected by the immune system.’
    • ‘Make your financial passwords completely personal to you - and make them impossibly difficult for anyone else to guess!’
    • ‘Industrial production possibilities and new technologies is a major, some would say impossibly difficult, task.’
    • ‘There are lots of reasons for giving up smoking - in fact it's reasons for continuing to smoke that are impossibly difficult to come up with.’
    • ‘It's an impossibly demanding task that results in an immediate, gripping drama - but one that, regrettably, falls apart upon reflection.’
    • ‘A blanket ban on western reporters makes the getting of hard information almost impossibly difficult.’
    • ‘From the outset, he has faced two obstacles: impossibly high expectations and a political atmosphere that can only be described as poisonous.’
    • ‘The impossibly high expectations of motherhood, of striking a balance between the working world and the world at home, is what most women face today.’
    • ‘In some cases the correctness of a judgment of taste may be impossibly difficult to decide. We may even think that there is no right answer to be had if we are asked to compare two very different things.’
    • ‘Concentration on psychological fulfilment places enormous strain on the institution because it raises impossibly high expectations.’
    • ‘Good reporters and writers often set impossibly high standards for themselves, benchmarks that far exceed what anyone else imposes.’
    • ‘This was because in most cases it was impossibly difficult to carry out the whole process - from interception to the delivery of a signal to the officer who could use it - before the land battle had moved on.’
    • ‘‘Once you've gained trust, bared all, built something, there are inevitably these impossibly high expectations,’ she wrote in an e-mail.’
    • ‘I think there were very high expectations for this movie, perhaps impossibly high.’
    • ‘It's an interesting and entertaining game for the most part; but in places it's almost impossibly difficult and annoying.’
    inordinately, unduly, unnecessarily, unreasonably, absurdly, ridiculously, overly, to too great a degree, extra, very, extremely, exceedingly, exceptionally, unusually, impossibly, illogically, irrationally
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    1. 1.1sentence adverb Used to describe an event or action that is so difficult or unlikely one would not expect it to be possible.
      ‘he held her and, impossibly, she fell asleep’
      • ‘Something akin to rain was falling over her awareness, silver rain that was illuminated impossibly against the darkness as it was unleashed.’
      • ‘But images of Irvine impossibly and implausibly running the ball from deep and kicking unlikely goals from halfway will remain in the memory.’
  • 2as submodifier Possessing the specified quality to an unbelievably high degree.

    ‘impossibly blond hair’
    • ‘So yes, there were hazards, and clouds of smoke pouring up in the air, but I can't regret those fall evenings by dancing flames under impossibly clear West Texas skies.’
    • ‘However, unlike Isabel, Amy is impossibly rich - dotcom-entrepreneur rich.’
    • ‘Humbled by the magnificence of the falls, Lewis felt his written description impossibly inadequate.’
    • ‘Some of Fellini's situations seem impossibly grotesque, yet they have echoes in recent world events.’
    • ‘And here's the impossibly blond and blue-eyed sweet boy, aged maybe five, standing in front of a Christmas tree.’
    • ‘That the film is still brilliant with its 50 minutes of extra material is no surprise - a film this good would have to fall an impossibly long way just to get near to the realm of mediocrity.’
    • ‘Joe described water that was impossibly blue, with vibrant corals and countless fish and other marine life.’
    • ‘She looked like a graceful winter fairy - a model - a princess - a… he couldn't even find the right words to describe her she was so impossibly beautiful.’
    • ‘Unlike many of the shoppers we saw struggling to squeeze impossibly large packages into all-too-small vehicles, at least we had a car that could cope with anything we threw at it.’
    • ‘Few human pursuits can conjure up such overblown expectations, fanned by holiday brochure photo-spreads showing impossibly white beaches domed by suspiciously azure skies.’
    • ‘The missile continued to rise, finally leveling and falling at an impossibly slow rate, until it had completely carried over the fortress before crashing to the ground.’
    • ‘Harry's gaze fell again on the wedding photograph of two impossibly young people, faces bright with the glow of first love.’
    • ‘It was one of those impossibly beautiful late fall days - everything seemed freshly washed.’
    • ‘Viewed through 21 st-century eyes, the political landscape Macmillan describes seems almost impossibly genteel and good-natured.’
    • ‘It was falling slowly, impossibly slow, as if physics had given up and allowed gravity to be enchanting instead of practical.’
    • ‘Prices for crops offer at best a marginal return; hog prices have fallen to impossibly low levels.’
    • ‘and immediately started to sprint as fast as possible in her impossibly long dress.’
    • ‘His hair was spiked, but true to its nature, a few wayward hairs escaped the gel, falling into his impossibly honey-brown eyes.’
    • ‘Certainly as a work of fiction this series could be easily dismissed as impossibly cute and unbelievable.’
    • ‘It would be all too easy to go into activity overdrive to try to cram in as much as possible during a visit, particularly given the impossibly long summer days.’
    preposterously, ridiculously, ludicrously, farcically, laughably, risibly
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