AskDefine | Define possible

Dictionary Definition

possible adj
1 capable of happening or existing; "a breakthrough may be possible next year"; "anything is possible"; "warned of possible consequences" [ant: impossible]
2 existing in possibility; "a potential problem"; "possible uses of nuclear power" [syn: potential] [ant: actual]
3 possible to conceive or imagine; "that is one possible answer" [syn: conceivable, imaginable]

Noun

1 something that can be done; "politics is the art of the possible"
2 an applicant who might be suitable

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) /ˈpɒsəbl̩/, /"pQs@bl=/
  • (US) /ˈpɑsəbl̩/, /"pAs@bl=/
  • Hyphenation: pos·si·ble

Adjective

  1. Able but not certain to happen; not impossible.
    Rain tomorrow is possible, but I wouldn't bet on it.
    It's not just possible, it's probable.
  2. Being considered for a position.
    Jones and Smith are both possible for the opening in sales.

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Translations

able but not certain to happen
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 可能 (kěnéng)
  • Czech: možný
  • Dutch: mogelijk
  • Finnish: mahdollinen
  • French: possible
  • German: möglich
  • Hungarian: lehetséges
  • Italian: possibile
  • Japanese: 可能な (かのうな, kanōna)
  • Korean: 가능한 (ganeunghan)
  • Polish: możliwy , możliwa , możliwe
  • Portuguese: possível
  • Romanian: posibil
  • Russian: возможный
  • Spanish: posible
  • Swedish: möjlig
being considered for a position
  • Russian: подходящий

Noun

  1. In the context of "colloquial|rare": Someone being considered for a position.
    Jones is a possible for the new opening in sales.
  2. A particular event that may happen.

Translations

someone being considered for a position
a particular event that may happen

Pronunciation

Adjective

possible
  1. possible

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Extensive Definition

Possibility condition or fact of being possible. The Latin origins of the word hint at ability. Possibility is also referring to something that "could happen", that is not precluded by the facts, but usually not probable.
possible in German: Möglichkeit
possible in French: Possibilité
possible in Simple English: Possibility
possible in Finnish: Mahdollisuus

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