adjective (1)
im·​pas·​si·​ble | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpa-sə-bəl How to pronounce impassible (audio) \

Definition of impassible

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : incapable of suffering or of experiencing pain
b : inaccessible to injury
2 : incapable of feeling : impassive


adjective (2)

less common spelling of

: incapable of being passed, traveled, crossed, or surmounted

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Adjective (1)

impassibility \ (ˌ)im-​ˌpa-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce impassible (audio) \ noun
impassibly \ (ˌ)im-​ˈpa-​sə-​blē How to pronounce impassible (audio) \ adverb

Examples of impassible in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Similarly, the jungles of Vietnam were impassible and unknowable to U.S. servicemen, especially on relatively short tours in country that meant that people who learned the territory were soon rotated out. Jason Fields, The Week, 8 Mar. 2022 Migration experts think part of the increase in travel to the Canary Islands has come as human traffickers revived that route after other crossings, notably that between Italy and Libya, became impassible. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Barring that, roads may be impassible or public transit incapacitated for those who could come to work. Joe Finlinson, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 The National Weather Service in Huntsville said emergency management reported multiple roads have become impassible and a car was swept off of a road in Ardmore. Leigh Morgan, al, 18 Sep. 2021 During high water levels, there are two low bridges over the river that will be impassible. John Pana, cleveland, 16 Sep. 2021 Videos shared on social media showed the Brooklyn Queens Expressway impassible, cars stuck in streets in Elmhurst, Queens, and water racing into subway stations in Manhattan. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021 Many hazards including downed structures, impassible roads and remaining flooding are also impacting officials' ability to send help. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 31 Aug. 2021 The storm then moved up Highway 1 — the only road to the mainland, and the ribbon of asphalt through low-lying swamps remains impassible. Jay Reeves, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of impassible

Adjective (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for impassible

Adjective (1)

Middle English, from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin impassibilis, from Latin in- + Late Latin passibilis passible

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23 Mar 2022

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“Impassible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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