1) ADJ-GRADED: oft it v-link ADJ to-inf/that, ADJ to-inf Something that is impossible cannot be done or cannot happen.

It was impossible for anyone to get in because no one knew the password...

He thinks the tax is impossible to administer...

You shouldn't promise what's impossible...

Keller is good at describing music - an almost impossible task to do well.

Derived words:
impossibly ADV ADV adj

Mathematical physics is an almost impossibly difficult subject.

impossibility [[t]ɪmpɒ̱sɪbɪ̱lɪti[/t]] plural N-VAR oft the N of n

...the impossibility of knowing absolute truth.

N-SING: the N
The impossible is something which is impossible.

They were expected to do the impossible... No one can achieve the impossible.

2) ADJ: ADJ n An impossible situation or an impossible position is one that is very difficult to deal with.

The Government was now in an almost impossible position.

3) ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as impossible, you are annoyed that their bad behaviour or strong views make them difficult to deal with.

The woman is impossible, thought Frannie.


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