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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Boris Johnson leads Jeremy Hunt by an apparently unbridgeable margin. Boris Johnson, The Economist, "Boris Johnson, illusionist," 4 July 2019 For better or worse, there is an unbridgeable divide between all of us. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Mog the Cat and the Mysteries of Animal Subjectivity," 20 June 2019 The history of discovery is littered with apparently unbridgeable gaps. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "The ‘Stick-Slip’ Beauty of Bow and String," 30 Jan. 2019 Now, though, horror filmmakers can summon up the same sensations of echoing, unbridgeable distance just by putting the characters in a room with a failing battery and no available power outlets. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Modern horror films are finding their scares in dead phone batteries," 16 Aug. 2018 People separated by distance, distrust and a divide that has seemed increasingly unbridgeable in a state that has been identified as a political and ideological battleground for November’s midterm election. David Montero, latimes.com, "Contrasting views as Trump visits Nevada: 'Best president we've ever had' to fears that 'it could get worse'," 24 June 2018 The cultural and financial gap between elites and nonelites has become vast and seemingly unbridgeable. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Political Harassment Is for the Birds," 6 July 2018 The gulf between unicellular and multicellular life seems almost unbridgeable. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "The momentous transition to multicellular life may not have been so hard after all," 28 June 2018 That could mean an unbridgeable impasse in terms of negotiations with Steelers brass, never known to be held hostage in these scenarios. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Which NFL stars are missing voluntary OTAs and why?," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of unbridgeable

1799, in the meaning defined above

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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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