un·​ap·​proach·​able ˌən-ə-ˈprō-chə-bəl How to pronounce unapproachable (audio)
: not approachable : physically inaccessible
: discouraging intimacies : reserved
unapproachability noun
unapproachably adverb

Examples of unapproachable in a Sentence

a cold and unapproachable person a nearly unapproachable fortress in the mountains
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Word History

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unapproachable was in 1581

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“Unapproachable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unapproachable. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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