un·​pass·​able | \ ˌən-ˈpa-sə-bəl How to pronounce unpassable (audio) \

Definition of unpassable

: incapable of being traveled, traveled through, or crossed : impassible … a continent of land of at least 1800 miles, in which journey we had … unpassable deserts to go over …— Daniel Defoe

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Reaching this vista required veering up onto a dusty, unpaved road that is often unpassable during the winter except by horse. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A look behind the Hollister Ranch gates. Will the public ever access these exclusive beaches?," 12 Apr. 2019 Many roads in and around Yellowstone National Park remain covered with snow and unpassable. Washington Post, "Men rescued after getting bad GPS info on way to Yellowstone," 5 May 2018 Trump appears to be claiming that, as a last resort to ban imports, American cars are forced to pass an unpassable test. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "So, uh, what’s this bowling-ball test that Trump was talking about?," 15 Mar. 2018 Working with a low budget that never becomes a hindrance, Mr. Perry uses exterior space to convey interiority, as when Alyssa speaks to Nick — who keeps his back to her — from across a room that feels like a vast, unpassable chasm. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Golden Exits,’ Ties That Bind (and Cut Too)," 8 Feb. 2018 After an initial inspection, Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, estimated nearly 90% of homes on the island are totally destroyed, with communications down, roads unpassable, and substantial flooding. Jennifer L. Anderson, Fortune, "Hurricane Irma’s Caribbean Victims Need America Right Now," 8 Sep. 2017 That's because several key ports along the Texas Gulf Coast were closed for most of the week, the critical Houston Shipping Channel was shuttered for several days and many local roadways have been unpassable. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Gas shortages crop up in Texas after Hurricane Harvey stirs fears," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of unpassable

circa 1525, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unpassable was circa 1525

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