adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin possibilis, from posse to be able, from potis, pote able + esse to be — more at potent, is Date: 14th century 1. a. being within the limits of ability, capacity, or realization <
a possible but difficult task
b. being what may be conceived, be done, or occur according to nature, custom, or manners <
the best possible care
the worst possible circumstance
2. a. being something that may or may not occur <
a possible surprise visit
b. being something that may or may not be true or actual <
possible explanation
3. having an indicated potential <
a possible housing site
Synonyms: possible, practicable, feasible mean capable of being realized. possible implies that a thing may certainly exist or occur given the proper conditions <
a possible route up the west face of the mountain
. practicable implies that something may be effected by available means or under current conditions <
a solution that is not practicable in the time available
. feasible applies to what is likely to work or be useful in attaining the end desired <
commercially feasible for mass production

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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