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 The bipartisan group took up the reins of infrastructure negotiations on Tuesday after Biden called off talks with Capito given the seemingly unbridgeable gaps between the two on spending. Andrew Solender, Forbes, 10 June 2021 The differences between the United States and North Korea on how to achieve a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula have grown all but unbridgeable over the years. New York Times, 20 May 2021 The distance between man and God, and also the unbridgeable distance within man himself — between the mind and the heart. Dina Kraft, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2021 Sure, median incomes hadn’t risen substantially since the seventies; the gap between the rich and the poor appeared unbridgeable. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020 Within a few years, as old divisions turned into unbridgeable chasms, the history of Soviet totalitarianism, left unexamined, gave way to all-encompassing nostalgia. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 10 Nov. 2020 Support for it unites people between whom there are otherwise unbridgeable political and ethnic rivalries. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2020 By the 1960s, the chasm between these two wings of the Democratic Party was proving unbridgeable. Vincent J. Cannato, National Review, 3 Sep. 2020 This too-familiar chasm in educational opportunities is about to be deepened and made more unbridgeable by coronavirus. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of unbridgeable

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 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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