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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [im-pos-uh-bil-i-tee, im-pos-]
    • /ɪmˌpɒs əˈbɪl ɪ ti, ˌɪm pɒs-/
    • /ɪmˈpɒs.ɪ.bl̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [im-pos-uh-bil-i-tee, im-pos-]
    • /ɪmˌpɒs əˈbɪl ɪ ti, ˌɪm pɒs-/

Definitions of impossibility word

  • noun plural impossibility condition or quality of being impossible. 1
  • noun plural impossibility something impossible. 1
  • noun impossibility The state or fact of being impossible. 1
  • noun impossibility inability to happen or be true 1
  • noun impossibility sth impossible 1
  • noun impossibility the state or quality of being impossible 0

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Origin of impossibility

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English impossibilite < Late Latin impossibilitās. See im-2, possibility

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Parts of speech for Impossibility


impossibility popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 68% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for impossibility

noun impossibility

  • futility — the quality of being futile; ineffectiveness; uselessness.
  • failure — an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success: His effort ended in failure. The campaign was a failure.
  • difficulty — the fact or condition of being difficult.
  • contrariety — opposition between one thing and another; disagreement
  • impracticality — not practical or useful.

Antonyms for impossibility

noun impossibility

  • feasibility — capable of being done, effected, or accomplished: a feasible plan.
  • possibility — the state or fact of being possible: the possibility of error.
  • practicality — of or relating to practice or action: practical mathematics.
  • probability — the quality or fact of being probable.

Top questions with impossibility

  • what is legal impossibility?
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