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A.Word.A.Day--compossible

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This week's theme: miscellaneous words.

compossible (kom-POS-uh-buhl) adjective

Compatible; possible along with something else.

[From Latin com- (with) + possibilis (that may be done), from posse (to be able). Ultimately from the Indo-European root poti- (powerful, lord) that is also the source of power, potent, possess, and pasha.]

"I also argue that the presence of compossible options is a precondition of political toleration."
Peter Jones; Making Sense of Political Toleration; British Journal of Political Science (Cambridge, UK); Jul 2007.

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