Impossible

  • 1 impossible — [ ɛ̃pɔsibl ] adj. et n. m. • 1227; lat. impossibilis ♦ Qui ne peut être, exister; qui n est pas possible. I ♦ Adj. 1 ♦ Qui ne peut se produire, être atteint ou réalisé. Cette éventualité lui paraît impossible. ⇒ inenvisageable. Solution… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 impossible — Impossible. adj. de tout genre. Qui ne peut estre, qui ne se peut faire. Le mouvement perpetuel est impossible. la quadrature du cercle est regardée comme impossible. il n y a rien d impossible à Dieu. cela est moralement impossible. Il se dit… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 3 impossible — Impossible, Impossibilis. Il est impossible d avantage, Nihil supra. Il est impossible de faire aujourd huy tellement l ouvrage, que tousjours il n y ait à refaire, Numquam hoc vno die efficiatur opus, quin opus semper fiet. Il est impossible que …

    Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • 4 Impossible — Im*pos si*ble, a. [F., fr. L. impossibilis; pref. im not + possibilis possible. See {Possible}.] Not possible; incapable of being done, of existing, etc.; unattainable in the nature of things, or by means at command; insuperably difficult under… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 Impossible — Im*pos si*ble, n. An impossibility; as, he tried to do the impossible. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Madam, quoth he, this were an impossible! Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 impossible — im·pos·si·ble adj: not possible: incapable of being done, attained, or fulfilled a party s performance is impossible in part Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. impossible …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 impossible — [im päs′ə bəl] adj. [OFr < L impossibilis: see IN 2 & POSSIBLE] 1. not capable of being, being done, or happening 2. not capable of being done easily or conveniently 3. not capable of being endured, used, agreed to, etc. because disagreeable… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 impossible — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. impossible, from L. impossibilis not possible, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + possibilis (see POSSIBLE (Cf. possible)). Related: Impossibly …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 impossible — [adj1] beyond the bounds of possibility absurd, beyond, contrary to reason, cureless, futile, hardly possible, hopeless, hundred to one*, impassable, impervious, impracticable, impractical, inaccessible, inconceivable, inexecutable, infeasible,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 impossible — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not able to occur, exist, or be done. 2) very difficult to deal with: an impossible situation. DERIVATIVES impossibility noun (pl. impossibilities) impossibly adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 impossible — (in po si bl ) adj. 1°   Qui ne peut être, qui ne peut se faire. •   Tout ce qui n est pas aisé, ils [les lâches conseillers] le nomment impossible, BALZAC De la cour, 5e disc.. •   À qui sait bien aimer il n est rien d impossible, CORN. Médée, V …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 12 impossible — im|pos|si|ble1 W2S2 [ımˈpɔsıbəl US ımˈpa: ] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(can t be done)¦ 2¦(situation)¦ 3¦(person)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(CAN T BE DONE)¦ something that is impossible cannot happen or be done ≠ ↑possible ▪ I want to speak to Mr Franks. I m afraid that… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 IMPOSSIBLE — adj. des deux genres Qui ne peut être, qui ne se peut faire. Le mouvement perpétuel, la quadrature du cercle, etc., sont des problèmes dont la solution est regardée comme impossible. Il n y a rien d impossible à Dieu. Cela est moralement… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 14 IMPOSSIBLE — adj. des deux genres Qui ne peut être, qui ne se peut faire. Le mouvement perpétuel, la quadrature du cercle, etc., sont des problèmes dont la solution est regardée comme impossible. Il n’y a rien d’impossible à Dieu. Cela est moralement… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 15 impossible — adjective 1 CAN T BE DONE something that is impossible cannot happen or be done: Further research is impossible without more money. | This crossword s absolutely impossible! | Impossible! It can t be true. | find it impossible to do sth: Members… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 impossible — adj. 1) almost, practically, virtually, well nigh impossible 2) impossible for (it s impossible for me to help) 3) impossible to + inf. (it is impossible to predict the future; that child is impossible to control = it is impossible to control… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 impossible — im|pos|si|ble [ ım pasəbl ] adjective *** 1. ) if something is impossible, no one can do it or it cannot happen: We were faced with an impossible task. it is impossible to do something: It would be impossible to gather this information without… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 impossible — adj. 1 not possible VERBS ▪ appear, be, look, prove, seem, sound ▪ become ▪ remain …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19 impossible — [[t]ɪmpɒ̱sɪb(ə)l[/t]] ♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED: oft it v link ADJ to inf/that, ADJ to inf Something that is impossible cannot be done or cannot happen. It was impossible for anyone to get in because no one knew the password... He thinks the tax is… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 impossible */*/*/ — UK [ɪmˈpɒsəb(ə)l] / US [ɪmˈpɑsəb(ə)l] adjective 1) a) if something is impossible, no one can do it or it cannot happen We were faced with an impossible task. it is impossible to do something: It would be impossible to gather this information… …

    English dictionary


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