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pos·si·ble

possible

 
 
pronunciation:
pa sih bl
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: capable of being, happening, being done, or being used.
It is not possible to draw a round square.Riding a bike is one possible way to get to school.
synonyms:
potential
antonyms:
impossible
similar words:
probable
definition 2: capable of being true; somewhat likely.
If he didn't answer, it's possible that he didn't hear you.
synonyms:
believable
similar words:
likely
Word Builder: possible +
  • possibly:
    maybe.
Word Parts  About this feature
The word possible contains the following parts:
poss, pot Latin root that means able; power
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-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable, adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)