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

Examples of unpassable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McConnell has instead pushed forward a bill that combines increasing stimulus checks with repealing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and establishing a commission to study voter fraud, two contentious issues that make the legislation unpassable to Democrats. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, 1 Jan. 2021 Southwest has canceled more than a dozen departing from Louisville after Arctic blast that rendered routes unpassable last week. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 27 Dec. 2022 An ice storm expected to arrive late Thursday could leave some roads virtually unpassable, the Oregon Department of Transportation warned, and drivers should avoid travel altogether if slick conditions materialize. oregonlive, 21 Dec. 2022 This caused mud and debris to flow down the mountainsides from the burn scars of the Tamarack and Caldor wildfires of 2021, and made portions of Highway 89 unpassable. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Aug. 2022 The iconic landmarks of Yellowstone National Park were shuttered to the public and its roads left unpassable after a torrential downpour and rapid snowmelt contributed to unprecedented flooding. Aditi Sangal, CNN, 14 June 2022 Cabins were lost in the fire, trails eroded and unpassable. Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 But the roads leading up to their house are still flooded and unpassable. Duy Linh Tu, Scientific American, 31 Aug. 2021 There were some cracks and gaps down the stairwell, but nothing unpassable. Fox News, 4 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1525, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unpassable was circa 1525

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“Unpassable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpassable. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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