un·​breath·​able | \ ˌən-ˈbrē-t͟hə-bəl How to pronounce unbreathable (audio) \

Definition of unbreathable

: not fit for being breathed

Examples of unbreathable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike Mars, where the very thin atmosphere and relatively high gravity make flying difficult, the atmosphere on Titan is roughly four times denser than ours, although unbreathable, and its gravity is a bit less than on our moon. NBC News, 23 Aug. 2021 Bay Area residents have grown familiar with the smoky skies and unbreathable air that signals the California fire season. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 June 2021 The volcano has been spewing out great clouds of ashes for a year now, making the air in the nearby town of Vík almost unbreathable. Sheena Scott, Forbes, 18 June 2021 As if agricultural fires and vehicular pollution were not enough, this week, there was an addition to the long list of reasons that make Delhi’s air unbreathable. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, 25 Nov. 2020 The air has become unbreathable for weeks at a time, according to the Guardian. Fox News, 2 Aug. 2020 California, meanwhile, is still dealing with the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season on record, also with environmental after-effects; in the Bay Area, toxic ash laden with heavy metals infiltrated the soil and made air unbreathable. Emily Atkin, New Republic, 13 Dec. 2017 Their two-stroke engines created a tremendous din, and the cars belched out an acrid smoke making the new breath of freedom almost unbreathable. Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register, 1 Jan. 2017 Living on Mars, with its unbreathable atmosphere, lack of liquid surface water, and toxic soil, will challenge the hardiest of astronauts. National Geographic, 29 Aug. 2016

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1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Unbreathable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbreathable. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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