impassible

adjective (1)
im·​pas·​si·​ble | \(ˌ)im-ˈpa-sə-bəl \

Definition of impassible 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : incapable of suffering or of experiencing pain

b : inaccessible to injury

2 : incapable of feeling : impassive

impassible

adjective (2)
im·​pas·​si·​ble

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 \ noun
impassibly \(ˌ)im-​ˈpa-​sə-​blē \ adverb

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The uphill slopes had previously been impassible in winter, but new cars and new road-building technology opened them to year-round living and rooms with an expansive view. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Meet the Hunters, Vermont’s modernist-house pioneers," 9 Aug. 2018 In addition, low points along roadways may become impassible due to accumulating runoff. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Storms, some with very heavy rain and flooding potential, likely at times through Saturday," 31 May 2018 An impassible torrent of water rushes west down Frederick Road toward the historic district. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "How Ellicott City flooded: A timeline," 1 June 2018 And roads in many towns were impassible and some schools canceled classes on Wednesday due to the damage. NBC News, "Deadly storms leave thousands without power along East Coast," 16 May 2018 Roads in many towns were impassible and some schools canceled classes on Wednesday due to the damage. CBS News, "Girl in SUV crushed to death as storms pound Northeast," 16 May 2018 Roads in many towns were impassible and some schools canceled classes on Wednesday due to the damage. Time, "11-Year-Old Girl Killed in Powerful Northeast Thunderstorm," 16 May 2018 Roads in many towns were impassible and some schools canceled classes on Wednesday due to the damage. Fox News, "Cleanup underway a day after powerful storms pound Northeast," 16 May 2018 In Somerville, the underpass on Washington Street near Cataldo Ambulance Service was impassible because of flooding, according to the service. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Tuesday’s storm brought flooding, power outages," 16 May 2018

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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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