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 The air has become unbreathable for weeks at a time, according to the Guardian. Fox News, "Fire continues to ravage Argentina's delta; authorities struggle to combat the spread," 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, "The Most Overlooked Environmental Crisis of 2017," 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, "A Tribute to the terrible Trabant," 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, "Here’s What It Feels Like to Spend a Year on ‘Mars’," 29 Aug. 2016 A trip to the red planet is like visiting an even more inhospitable Antarctica, and its unbreathable atmosphere is less than two percent of what you’d find at Everest’s summit. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "SpaceX Wants to Go to Mars. Here’s Why Humans Aren’t There Yet.," 27 Sep. 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 20 Oct. 2020.

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