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IMPOSSIBILITY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does impossibility mean? 

IMPOSSIBILITY (noun)
  The noun IMPOSSIBILITY has 2 senses:

1. incapability of existing or occurring
2. an alternative that is not available

  Familiarity information: IMPOSSIBILITY used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMPOSSIBILITY (noun)


Sense 1impossibility [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Incapability of existing or occurring

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

impossibility; impossibleness

Hypernyms ("impossibility" is a kind of...):

nonentity; nonexistence (the state of not existing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "impossibility"):

inconceivability; inconceivableness (the state of being impossible to conceive)

unattainableness (the state of being unattainable)

Antonym:

possibility (capability of existing or happening or being true)


Sense 2impossibility [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An alternative that is not available

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

impossible action; impossibility

Hypernyms ("impossibility" is a kind of...):

alternative; choice; option (one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "impossibility"):

impossible (something that cannot be done)


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