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

Examples of unbridgeable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What was once an ideological divide now seems like an unbridgeable chasm. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 15 Mar. 2024 What To Watch This Weekend: New TV Shows And Movies To Stream On Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime And More The explanation for this is not difficult to identify; the financial chasm between England’s top two leagues is becoming unbridgeable. Zak Garner-Purkis, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 Bob and Ed find ways to coexist despite the unbridgeable distances between them. Daniel Felsenthal, The New Yorker, 19 Jan. 2024 The legacy is a vast, and potentially unbridgeable, gap of investment and support for the N.H.S. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2023 There is an unbridgeable gulf between the desire to rein in the coming wave and the desire to shape and own it, between the need for protections against technologies and the need for protections against others. Mustafa Suleyman, WIRED, 6 Sep. 2023 These fundamental drivers—the mutual ability to impose significant military costs and the persistence of unbridgeable political divides—could produce a years-long conflict that causes immense human suffering, economic hardship, and international instability. Samuel Charap, Foreign Affairs, 13 July 2023 The German historian Oswald Spengler developed an account of world history as a series of cultural struggles rooted in unbridgeable divides of blood, soil, language, and tradition. Matthew Rose, Foreign Affairs, 19 Oct. 2021 Kristóf’s novels are closely based on her life and at the same time reveal nothing about her life, a contradiction that brings together her terrors and her writing and also imposes an unbridgeable distance between them. Jennifer Krasinski, The New Yorker, 27 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unbridgeable was in 1799

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“Unbridgeable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbridgeable. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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