un·​ap·​proach·​able | \ ˌən-ə-ˈprō-chə-bəl How to pronounce unapproachable (audio) \

Definition of unapproachable

1 : not approachable : physically inaccessible
2 : discouraging intimacies : reserved

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Other Words from unapproachable

unapproachability \ ˌən-​ə-​ˌprō-​chə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unapproachable (audio) \ noun
unapproachably \ ˌən-​ə-​ˈprō-​chə-​blē How to pronounce unapproachable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unapproachable in a Sentence

a cold and unapproachable person a nearly unapproachable fortress in the mountains
Recent Examples on the Web That experience led Cahn to realize the majority of crowdfunding platforms were unapproachable for women and people of color. NBC News, "Women who inspire: Entrepreneurs who are resetting amid COVID-19," 5 Oct. 2020 By petitioning, they could be heard in the corridors of power that were otherwise unapproachable to them. Bright Alozie, Quartz Africa, "How Igbo women activists influenced British authorities during the colonial rule of Nigeria," 7 Aug. 2020 For those of us with a resting, uh, grumpy face, this is the one night of the year that people will actually find your unapproachable look charming. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Need a last-minute Halloween costume? Dress as one of these Arizona internet icons," 28 Oct. 2019 And those players credit Woods’ influence — as well as their relationship with a previously unapproachable golf god — with helping them unlock potential that may have been channeled into other pursuits. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, "Generation Tiger: Young stars influenced by Woods will be on display at 2019 Travelers Championship," 13 June 2019 On the surface, Michelangelo’s David seems so unapproachable in size (as does the size of the line outside the Accademia Gallery). Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Summers: The Ultimate Guide to Not Wasting a Single Vacation With Your Kids," 20 July 2018 Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel officers are unapproachable on the street. Ramona Sentinel, "CHP to host Coffee with a Cop on Tuesday," 6 June 2018 In the past, her self-defensiveness has made her look selfish and unapproachable. Eve Barlow, GQ, "Can Iggy Azalea Be Her Own Savior?," 19 Apr. 2018 Some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Richmond Police Department joins Coffee with a Cop program," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unapproachable

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unapproachable

: not easy to talk to or deal with : having an unfriendly manner : not approachable

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