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POSSIBLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does possible mean? 

POSSIBLE (noun)
  The noun POSSIBLE has 2 senses:

1. something that can be done
2. an applicant who might be suitable

  Familiarity information: POSSIBLE used as a noun is rare.


POSSIBLE (adjective)
  The adjective POSSIBLE has 3 senses:

1. capable of happening or existing
2. existing in possibility
3. capable of being imagined

  Familiarity information: POSSIBLE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


POSSIBLE (noun)


Sense 1possible [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something that can be done

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

politics is the art of the possible

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

opening; possibility; possible action (a possible alternative)


Sense 2possible [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An applicant who might be suitable

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

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

applicant; applier (a person who requests or seeks something such as assistance or employment or admission)


POSSIBLE (adjective)


Sense 1possible [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capable of happening or existing

Context examples:

a breakthrough may be possible next year / anything is possible / warned of possible consequences

Similar:

mathematical (statistically possible though highly improbable)

executable; feasible; practicable; viable; workable (capable of being done with means at hand and circumstances as they are)

contingent (possible but not certain to occur)

conceivable (within the bounds of what may be conceived within the framework of nature)

attainable; come-at-able (capable of being attained or accomplished)

affirmable; assertable (capable of being affirmed or asserted)

accomplishable; achievable; doable; manageable; realizable (capable of existing or taking place or proving true; possible to do)

Also:

likely (has a good chance of being the case or of coming about)

practical (concerned with actual use or practice)

realistic (aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are)

thinkable (capable of being conceived or imagined or considered)

Attribute:

possibility; possibleness (capability of existing or happening or being true)

Antonym:

impossible (not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with)


Sense 2possible [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Existing in possibility

Synonyms:

potential; possible

Context examples:

a potential problem / possible uses of nuclear power

Similar:

latent (potentially existing but not presently evident or realized)

Attribute:

potency; potential; potentiality (the inherent capacity for coming into being)


Sense 3possible [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capable of being imagined

Synonyms:

imaginable; conceivable; possible

Context example:

that is one possible answer

Similar:

thinkable (capable of being conceived or imagined or considered)


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