im·​pen·​e·​tra·​bil·​i·​ty | \ (ˌ)im-ˌpe-nə-trə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce impenetrability (audio) \

Definition of impenetrability

1 : the quality or state of being impenetrable
2 : the inability of two portions of matter to occupy the same space at the same time

Examples of impenetrability in a Sentence

the impenetrability of her prose is apparently the basis of her appeal to literary snobs
Recent Examples on the Web Nature abhors a vacuum, and the vastness of Egyptian statuary made the vacuum left by the hieroglyphs’ impenetrability seem comparably great. The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde on Blonde—a remarkable trifecta of records that stand as the apogee of Dylan’s trademark impenetrability, lyrically and otherwise. John Semley, The New Republic, 26 May 2021 The earth-shifting quality of Serra comes from the material’s stubborn texture, its impenetrability. Sophie Madeline Dess, The New Republic, 18 May 2021 Those random-looking squiggles seem to symbolise the impenetrability of the language, the difficulty of the task ahead. The Economist, 8 May 2021 The difficulty in pinning the blame on machines lies in the impenetrability of the AI decision-making process, according to a paper on tort liability and AI published in the AMA Journal of Ethics last year. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, 20 Sep. 2020 What wounds Angela is not just the lack of conversation, but her father’s willful impenetrability. Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2020 Making the matter more difficult to assess for investors is the fluid nature of the outbreak and the impenetrability of Chinese politics. Karen Langley, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2020 One fallout from the Duke of York’s involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal is that journalists began to probe into his personal finances which have long shrouded in a fog of pea-soup impenetrability. David Mcclure, Town & Country, 11 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of impenetrability

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Impenetrability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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