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possible 1 Possible, practicable, feasible can mean capable of being realized.
Possible is used to dispel doubt that something may or does occur or exist or may come to exist
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the regime of religious toleration has become possible only because we have lost the primal intensity of religious conviction— Cohen

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although he still asserts that community of goods would be the ideal institution, he reluctantly abandons it as a basis for a possible state—Dickinson

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Practicable refers to what may be readily effected, executed, practiced, used, or put into operation
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trial by jury—an institution in which ... we have the very abstract and essence of all practicable democratic government— Mallock

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the only practicable tactics to be pursued were those of the routine police procedure— S. S. Van Dine

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Feasible may designate what is likely to work out or be put into effect successfully or what in a difficult situation seems the expedient least liable to fail
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cheap iron and steel made it feasible to equip larger armies and navies than ever before— Mumford

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only the most simple types of utilization are feasibleVan Valkenburg & Huntington

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Analogous words: practical, *practicable: *expedient, advisable
2 *probable, likely
Analogous words: credible, believable, colorable, *plausible: potential, dormant, *latent

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  • possible — [ pɔsibl ] adj. et n. m. • 1265; lat. imp. possibilis I ♦ Adj. 1 ♦ (Activités, réalités humaines) Qui peut exister, qu on peut faire. ⇒ concevable, envisageable, faisable, réalisable. Nous avons fait tout ce qui est humainement possible pour le… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • possible — Possible. adj. de tout genre. Qui peut estre, ou qui peut se faire. Ce que vous dites est possible. cela est difficile, mais pourtant possible. quelques uns tiennent que la pierre philosophale est possible. les estres possibles. est il possible… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • possible — Possible, Possibilis, Quintil. Autant qu il est possible, Quoad potest. S il t est possible, Siquid poteris. Il n en ira pas ainsi, Il n est pas possible, Non sic futurum est, Non potest. Il n est pas possible de leur aider si facilement, Non tam …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • possible — [päs′ə bəl] adj. [OFr < L possibilis < posse, to be able: see POTENT] 1. that can be; capable of existing 2. that can be in the future; that may or may not happen 3. a) that can be done, known, acquired, selected, used, etc., depending on… …   English World dictionary

  • Possible — Pos si*ble, a. [F., fr. L. possibilis, fr. posse to be able, to have power; potis able, capable + esse to be. See {Potent}, {Am}, and cf. {Host} a landlord.] Capable of existing or occurring, or of being conceived or thought of; able to happen;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • possible — ► ADJECTIVE 1) capable of existing, happening, or being achieved. 2) that may be so, but that is not certain or probable. ► NOUN 1) a possible candidate for a job or member of a team. 2) (the possible) that which is likely or achievable. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • possible — I adjective achievable, anticipated, apt, attainable, believable, capable, cogitable, conceivable, credible, feasible, grantable, imaginable, liable, likely, obtainable, performable, plausible, potential, probable, promising, rational, realizable …   Law dictionary

  • possible — c.1300, from L. possibilis that can be done, from posse be able (see POTENT (Cf. potent)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • possible — [adj] likely, attainable accessible, achievable, adventitious, advisable, available, breeze*, can do*, cinch, conceivable, credible, dependent, desirable, doable, dormant, duck soup*, easy as pie*, expedient, feasible, fortuitous, hopeful,… …   New thesaurus

  • possible — (po si bl ) adj. 1°   Qui peut être, qui peut se faire. Il est possible que cela se fasse. Il est possible de faire cela. •   Est il possible que nous travaillions à la structure et à la cadence d une période, comme s il y allait de notre vie ?,… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré


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