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1‘gale force winds made fishing impossible’
not possible, beyond the bounds of possibility, out of the question, not worth considering
unfeasible, impractical, impracticable, non-viable, unworkable, beyond one
unthinkable, unimaginable, inconceivable
paradoxical, illogical, irrational
informal undoable, like herding cats
2‘six months ago his ambition had seemed an impossible dream’
unattainable, unachievable, unobtainable, hopeless, impractical, implausible, far-fetched, impracticable, unworkable
incredible, unbelievable, absurd, ludicrous, ridiculous, laughable, risible, preposterous, outlandish, outrageous
3‘a ban on buses would have made life impossible for many residents’
unbearable, intolerable, unendurable, unsustainable
4‘your mother is the most impossible woman in the world’
unmanageable, intractable, recalcitrant, wayward, objectionable, difficult, demanding, awkward, perverse, ungovernable
intolerable, unbearable, unendurable
exasperating, maddening, infuriating
manageable, easy to please
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