Impossibility
Impossibility Im*pos`si*bil"i*ty, n.; pl. {Impossibilities}. [L. impossibilitas: cf. F. impossibilit['e].] 1. The quality of being impossible; impracticability. [1913 Webster]

They confound difficulty with impossibility. --South. [1913 Webster]

2. An impossible thing; that which is not possible; that which can not be thought, done, or endured. [1913 Webster]

Impossibilities! O, no, there's none. --Cowley. [1913 Webster]

3. Inability; helplessness. [R.] --Latimer. [1913 Webster]

{Logical impossibility}, a condition or statement involving contradiction or absurdity; as, that a thing can be and not be at the same time. See {Principle of Contradiction}, under {Contradiction}. [1913 Webster]


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