un·​bridge·​able | \ ˌən-ˈbri-jə-bəl How to pronounce unbridgeable (audio) \

Definition of unbridgeable

: too wide to be crossed or joined by or as if by a bridge : unable to be bridged : not bridgeable an unbridgeable river/chasm … an unbridgeable gulf between myth and reality.— Susan Cheever … an unbridgeable gap between the way people think here and the way they think practically everywhere else.— Meg Greenfield

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Recent Examples on the Web There is now an unbridgeable gap between the cost to drill for oil domestically and the price paid for oil on the market. Justin Worland, Time, "Why Trump Is So Worried About Low Oil Prices—And Why He Should Be," 6 Apr. 2020 The sculpture, dedicated here just over a century ago, in 1915, is an exhilarating allegory of the vital but unbridgeable relationship between spirit and flesh. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "Take a (Solo) Stroll. Your Next Art Fix May Be Around the Block.," 19 Mar. 2020 On Nora From Queens, the family hearth isn't a site of intergenerational tension or unbridgeable distance. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: 'Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens' and the Freshness of Angst-Free Asian Americans," 26 Feb. 2020 It must be noted, however, that despite a poor start to the season, Spurs are only trailing the Premier League top four by three points as things stand; hardly an unbridgeable chasm. SI.com, "Tottenham Players Face Summer Wage Cut if Club Fails to Qualify for Champions League," 8 Oct. 2019 There is an unbridgeable divide in the way left and right perceive this reality. Dennis Prager, National Review, "What Underpins the Left–Right Divide," 5 Nov. 2019 There was a profound sense that life before industrialization and modernization was separated by an unbridgeable chasm from the life one lived now. Adrian Daub, Longreads, "All Hail the Rat King," 13 Dec. 2019 But the unbridgeable difference is that the National Rally, like other groups on the far right, emphatically opposes any multinational agreements to combat climate change. New York Times, "France’s Far Right Wants to Be an Environmental Party, Too," 17 Oct. 2019 The left-right divide in America is, unfortunately, unbridgeable. Dennis Prager, National Review, "What Underpins the Left–Right Divide," 5 Nov. 2019

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1799, in the meaning defined above

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“Unbridgeable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbridgeable. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unbridgeable

used to say that two people, groups, or things are too widely separated or different from each other to ever be brought together, made to agree, etc.

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