American English

Definition of possible adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[not usually before noun] that can be done or achieved It is possible to get there by bus. Would it be possible for me to leave a message for her? This wouldn't have been possible without you. Try to avoid losing your temper if at all possible (= if you can). Use public transportation whenever possible (= when you can). It's just not physically possible to finish all this by the end of the week. We spent every possible moment on the beach. The doctors did all that was humanly possible to save him. Expansion was made possible by the investment of government money. opposite impossible
  2. 2that might exist or happen but is not certain to a possible future president the possible side effects of the drug Frost is possible, although unlikely, at this time of year. It's just possible that I gave them the wrong directions. With the possible exception of the Beatles, no other band has become so successful so quickly. “Do you think he'll resign?” “Anything's possible where he's concerned.” “You might be wrong, of course!” “It's possible, but I doubt it.” Language Bankperhapsmaking an opinion sound less definite Most cybercrime involves traditional crimes, such as theft and fraud, being committed in new ways. Phishing is perhaps/possibly/probably the best-known example of this. It seems/appears that the more personal data that organizations collect, the more opportunity there is for this information to be lost or stolen. It seems clear that the widespread use of Social Security numbers to identify people contributes to the problem of identity theft. It could be argued that the widespread use of Social Security numbers to identify people contributes to the problem of identity theft. It is possible that/It may be that the only way to protect ourselves against DNA identity theft is to avoid the creation of national DNA databases.
  3. 3reasonable or acceptable in a particular situation There are several possible explanations. Please suggest possible ways in which you would improve the existing program.
  4. 4used after adjectives to emphasize that something is the best, worst, etc. of its type It was the best possible surprise anyone could have given me. Don't leave your packing until the last possible moment.
  5. Idioms
    as quickly, much, soon, etc. as possible
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    as quickly, much, soon, etc. as you can We will get your order to you as soon as possible. Try to give as much detail as possible in your answer.
    the best of both/all possible worlds
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    the benefits of two or more completely different situations that you can enjoy at the same time If you enjoy the coast and the country, you'll get the best of both worlds on this walk.
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