Possible definition

pŏsə-bəl
That can be in the future; that may or may not happen.
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That may be done; permissible.
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Permissible.

Is it possible to enter the gallery at this hour?

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That may be a fact or the truth.
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That can be; capable of existing.
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That can be done, known, acquired, selected, used, etc., depending on circumstances.

A possible candidate.

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That can happen or be; potential.
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The definition of possible is something that can happen.

An example of possible is the chance of a high school valedictorian getting into Yale.

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(informal) That can be put up with; tolerable.
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(usually not comparable) Able but not certain to happen; neither inevitable nor impossible.

Rain tomorrow is possible, but I wouldn't bet on it.

It's not just possible, it's probable.

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Capable of occurring or being done in accordance with something specified. Used with the superlative.

You'll get the best possible care at this hospital.

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Capable of happening but of uncertain likelihood.

It is possible that you might feel some discomfort after the procedure.

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(comparable) Capable of being done or achieved; feasible.

It's possible for anyone to learn to pay the bagpipes.

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Being considered, e.g. for a position.

Jones and Smith are both possible for the opening in sales.

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(able but not certain to happen): certain, inevitable, impossible.
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(capable of being done): impossible.
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A possible one.
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(colloquial, rare) A possible choice, notably someone being considered for a position.

Jones is a possible for the new opening in sales.

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(rare) A particular event that may happen.
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Capable of happening, existing, or being true without contradicting proven facts, laws, or circumstances.

Is it possible to move faster than the speed of light?

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Capable of becoming or of being made to be so; potential.

Possible suspects in the case; a possible site for the new capital.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
possible
Plural:
possibles

Origin of possible

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin possibilis from posse to be able poti- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin possibilis (“possible"), from Latin posse (“to be able"); see power.

    From Wiktionary