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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).

Unpossibill, -ible, adj. Also: unpossebill, -abill, -able, wnpossibill, -ible, on(e)possibill, onpossibil, -ible, -abill. [ME and e.m.E. vnpossible (Piers Plowman); Possibil(l adj.1] Not feasible, impossible. = Impossibl(e adj.1(a) 1456 Hay I 123/3.
To mak were, but his vassallis it is unpossible to thair lord
c1460 Regim. Princ. 162 (Maitl.).
It is vnpossibill to thy grit counsale For to decyde all causis small and greit
1490 Irland Mir. II 86/8.
Sene the man is a creatur it is wnpossible that his … wnderstanding … be … gretar na the … wit of God
1530 Acta Conc. MS XLI 96.
Geif it may be fundin that it is unpossible
1535 Stewart 32432.
Wnpossibill is that sic thing weill ma be
1558-66 Knox II 341.
The mansses, yardis [etc.] … without the quhilkis it is unpossible unto thame quyetly to serve thair chargeis
1578–9 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 98.
How irksome and … vnpossebill it is … to keip bayth the dayis within sa schortt space
1588 Sc. N. & Q. I 37.
Almaist it salbe unpossable with words to decler the samyng
1622-6 Bisset II 319/5.
1650 Rothiemay Kirk S. in J. Gordon Hist. I App. lvi.
Had it not ben that my memory serwed me to remember … it had been unpossible for me … for to have gottne any thing out of them
(b) 1549 Compl. 77/35.
Quhar the grace of God and the vertu of men ar coniunit to giddir, there is no leiful thing onpossibil to be exsecut
1562-3 Winȝet I 66/7.
That without fayth it is impossible [MS onepossibill] to pleis God
a1578 Pitsc. I 115/13.
1582 Misc. Spald. C. II 337.
16.. Hist. Kennedy 36.

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