Possible vs Permissible - What's the difference?

possible | permissible |

As adjectives the difference between possible and permissible

is that possible is (usually|not comparable) able but not certain to happen; neither inevitable nor impossible while permissible is permitted.

As a noun possible

is a possible one.




  • (usually, not comparable) Able but not certain to happen; neither inevitable nor impossible.
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  • (comparable) Capable of being done or achieved; feasible.
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  • , passage=And success in minor degree, in the sense in which he uses the term "success," is only somewhat more possible than success in winning the White House chair.}}
  • * {{quote-news, 1993, September 10, Lee Michael Katz, Expectant Mideast hopes to bear twin peace deals, USA Today, page=2A citation
  • , passage=Peace between Israel and the Arab countries is "more possible than any time before," says ex-Arab League U.N. ambassador Clovis Maskoud. }}
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  • , title= A punch in the gut , passage=Mostly, the microbiome is beneficial. It helps with digestion and enables people to extract a lot more calories from their food than would otherwise be possible . Research over the past few years, however, has implicated it in diseases from atherosclerosis to asthma to autism.}}
  • Being considered, e.g. for a position.
  • Derived terms

    * as much as possible * ASAP (as soon as possible) * possibly


    * (able but not certain to happen) certain, inevitable, impossible * (capable of being done) impossible


    (en noun)
  • A possible one
  • (colloquial, rare) A possible choice, notably someone being considered for a position.
  • Jones is a possible for the new opening in sales.
  • (rare) A particular event that may happen.
  • Synonyms

    * possibility * option


    * impossible * no-go




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    (en adjective)
  • permitted.
  • Synonyms

    * allowable


    * impressible