1 not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with; "an impossible dream"; "an impossible situation" [ant: possible]
3 used of persons or their behavior; "impossible behavior"; "insufferable insolence" [syn: insufferable, unacceptable, unsufferable] n : something that cannot be done; "his assignment verged on the impossible"
- inpossible (obsolete)
EtymologyFrom French impossible, from Latin impossibilis, from in- ‘not’ + possibilis ‘possible’, from posse ‘to be able’ + suffix -ibilis ‘-able’.
- Czech: nemožný
- Dutch: onmogelijk
- Esperanto: neebla
- Finnish: mahdoton
- French: impossible
- German: unmöglich
- Hindi: असम्भव (asambhav), नामुमकिन (nāmumkin), अनहोनी (anhonī)
- Hungarian: lehetetlen
- Icelandic: ómögulegur
- Interlingua: impossibile
- Italian: impossibile
- Lithuanian: neįmanoma
- Polish: niemożliwy , niemożliwa , niemożliwe
- Portuguese: impossível
- Romanian: imposibil
- Romansch: nunpussaivel
- Slovene: nemogoč , nemogoča , nemogoče
- Spanish: imposible
- Swedish: omöjlig
- Urdu: (asambhav), (nāmumkin), (an honī)
very difficult to deal with
- An impossibility.
- Late C14: “Madame,” quod he, “this were an inpossible!” — Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Franklin's Tale’, Canterbury Tales
- (with definite article) unachievable.
- Time travel, so far as we know is impossible!
- Italian: impossibile (2)
In contract law, impossibility is an excuse for the nonperformance of duties under a contract, based on a change in circumstances (or the discovery of preexisting circumstances), the nonoccurrence of which was an underlying assumption of the contract, that makes performance of the contract literally impossible. For such a defense to be raised, performance must not merely be difficult or unexpectedly costly for one party; there must be no way for it to actually be accomplished.
For example, if Rachel contracts to pay Joey $1000 to paint her house on October 1, but the house burns to the ground before the end of September, Rachel is excused from her duty to pay Joey the $1000, and he is excused from his duty to paint her house; however, Joey may still be able to sue for the unjust enrichment of any benefit conferred on Rachel before her house burned down.
Related to science
- Impossibility by John D. Barrow ©1998 ISBN 0-09-977211-6 - Investigates the limits of science and the science of limits.
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