Definition of impervious
- a coat impervious to rain
- a carpet impervious to rough treatment
- impervious to criticism
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the material for this coat is supposed to be impervious to rain
the rain forest is impervious to all but the most dedicated explorers
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The English language is far from impervious, and, of course, a great many Latinate terms have entered it throughout its history. Impervious is one of the many that broke through in the 17th century. It comes from the Latin impervius, which adds the prefix im- to pervius, meaning "passable" or "penetrable." Pervius-which is also the source of the relatively uncommon English word pervious, meaning "accessible" or "permeable"-comes from per-, meaning "through," and via, meaning "way."
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