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adjective (1)

im·​pas·​si·​ble (ˌ)im-ˈpa-sə-bəl How to pronounce impassible (audio)
: incapable of suffering or of experiencing pain
: inaccessible to injury
: incapable of feeling : impassive
impassibility noun
impassibly adverb


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adjective (2)


less common spelling of impassable

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

Examples of impassible in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Why Trust Us? This year’s surprisingly wet Burning Man festival in Nevada trapped thousands of festival-goers after a flood made the area impassible. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 7 Sep. 2023 The project would also safeguard nearby homes and help keep four nearby roadways from becoming impassible during major flooding events. Alex Dalton, Chicago Tribune, 17 Aug. 2023 Californians are bracing for more heavy rain and snow starting Monday evening through Wednesday as residents throughout the state on Sunday contended with overflowing rivers, impassible highways and flooded homes. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2023 The Texas Transportation Department said a highway west of town, U.S. 62, was impassible because of damage from the tornado. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 22 June 2023 After areas across the Verde Valley experienced an onslaught of flooding over the past couple weeks, residents in both towns were concerned about weather causing roadways to become impassible. Lacey Latch, The Arizona Republic, 14 Apr. 2023 Many of those roads and highways were closed or impassible. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Feb. 2023 The fire made roads out impassible. Rusty Simmons,, 6 Sep. 2020 Almost instantly, the highways were impassible. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History


Adjective (1)

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

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of impassible was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Impassible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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