American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Capable of happening, existing, or being true without contradicting proven facts, laws, or circumstances.
- adj. Capable of occurring or being done without offense to character, nature, or custom.
- adj. Capable of favorable development; potential: a possible site for the new capital.
- adj. Of uncertain likelihood.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- That may be; not known not to be true; not known not to be true in some hypothetical state of information. The only kind of object which in strict propriety of language can be called
possibleis the truth of a proposition; and when a kind of thing is said to be possible, this is to be regarded as an elliptical expression, meaning that it is of such a general description that we do not know it does not exist. So an event or act is said to be possible, meaning that one would not know that it would not come to pass. But it is incorrect to use possible meaning practicable; possible is what may be, not what can be. A proposition is logically possible, if it would not be known not to be true by a person who should know nothing but the principles of logic and the meanings of words; physically possible, if it would not be known not to be true by one who should know all the laws of nature, but none of the particular facts; practically possible, if it were not known not to be about to be accomplished to one who should know what was in the power of the persons concerned, but not their dispositions, etc.
- adj. Able but not certain to happen; not impossible.
- adj. comparable Capable of being done or achieved; feasible.
- adj. Being considered, e.g. for a position.
- n. A possible one
- n. colloquial, rare A possible choice, notably someone being considered for a position.
- n. rare A particular event that may happen.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Capable of existing or occurring, or of being conceived or thought of; able to happen; capable of being done; not contrary to the nature of things; -- sometimes used to express extreme improbability; barely able to be, or to come to pass.
- n. something that can be done
- adj. capable of happening or existing
- n. an applicant who might be suitable
- adj. existing in possibility
- From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin possibilis ("possible"), from Latin posse ("to be able"); see power. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin possibilis, from posse, to be able. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Just as the past tense ampliates the subject to include past as well as present supposita, modal verbs ampliate the subject to possible supposita, as do verbs such as ‘I understand’, ‘I believe’, and indeed, notes Albert of Saxony, verbal nouns ending in ‘-bile’: ‘possible’, ‘audible’, ‘credible’, ‘capable of laughter’ and so on.”
“It is certainly possible for an anxious straining ingenuity to _imagine_ such cases; and where is the rule of law, which, in the infirmity of human institutions, cannot be shown capable of occasioning _possible_ mischief and injustice?”
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“So Le Mercier de la Rivière says, in 1767, that the ultimate end of society is _assurer le plus grand bonheur possible à la plus grande population possible_ (Daire's _Économistes_, p. 470).”
“That turning of the oblique globe askance, which Wesley represents as the cause of extreme heat and cold, was the very thing to _prevent_ those extremes, or to reduce them to the lowest possible point, and to secure to every part of the globe, as _far as possible_, an _equal_ amount of light and warmth.”
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“It is possible, under such circumstances that a Peace Party might arise; and perhaps just _possible_ that England and France might give weight to such a Party . ”
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