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 In central Texas, where many roads have already been impassible for days, another barrage of sleet and snow was expected late into Wednesday evening. Maria Jimenez Moya, Star Tribune, "Desperate for light and warmth, Texans see no end for winter storm," 18 Feb. 2021 The weather is hitting the auto industry hard as various carmakers must stop production due to arctic temperatures, snow and ice that are making travel dangerous for workers and roads impassible for suppliers to deliver parts. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM stops production at highly profitable pickup plant in Fort Wayne, 3 others," 17 Feb. 2021 According to Austin-Travis County EMS, many roads were impassible, with officials using fire department vehicles and 4x4s to reach people who were calling 911. Dallas News, "Snow accumulating across Dallas-Fort Worth, and much more expected," 15 Feb. 2021 In Honduras, a number of roadways were washed out, covered in mud, or otherwise impassible to vehicles, according to La Tribuna, a Honduran newspaper. Washington Post, "Scenes of flooding, devastation lie in wake of monstrous Hurricane Iota," 20 Nov. 2020 Copán Ruinas Mayor Mauricio Areas told La Tribunathat 80 percent of the community’s road network was rendered impassible and that electrical, phone, and Internet service were also out. Washington Post, "Scenes of flooding, devastation lie in wake of monstrous Hurricane Iota," 20 Nov. 2020 On almost every block, the truck paused for obstacles — a telephone pole, sharp corner, a tree — that appeared impassible for the 32-foot-wide house. Katy Read, Star Tribune, "Instead of wrecking ball, century-old Excelsior cottage gets new home," 20 Nov. 2020 With Last Chance Road impassible, Jason Hickey and Tad Jones doubled back to the mill site. Megan Cassidy,, "Santa Cruz fires left no time for warnings: ‘The only evacuation notice we got was a wall of fire’," 11 Sep. 2020 The fire raced 10 miles north across the Sierra National Forest reaching Mammoth Pool Reservoir making roads impassible and trapping hundreds of people at the Boat Launch who had been enjoying the Labor Day weekend. Star Tribune, "Fall Arrives In Time For Labor Day - Rain Expected Monday Afternoon," 6 Sep. 2020

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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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“Impassible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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