Definition of compossible in English:


Pronunciation /kəmˈpäsəbəl/ /kəmˈpɑsəbəl/ /ˌkämˈpäsəbəl/ /ˌkɑmˈpɑsəbəl/


  • (of one thing) compatible or possible in conjunction with another.

    ‘From there, I had to wonder if the mathematics of games force a conscience to develop (and to be sometimes ignored) in any suitable civilization in any compossible world invented by God.’
    • ‘Good and bad desires can then be defined as those which are compossible with, respectively, as many and as few other desires as possible.’
    • ‘He has declared that he does not care to accept the propriety of compossible rights and will not be bound by them.’
    • ‘To say that a number of constituted meanings are compossible is to say no more than that a transcendental subject has in fact succeeded in constituting them.’
    • ‘My speaking Finnish is compossible with the facts considered so far, but not with further facts about my lack of training.’


Mid 17th century from Old French, from medieval Latin compossibilis, from com- ‘together with’ + possibilis (see possible).