un·​scal·​able | \ ˌən-ˈskā-lə-bəl How to pronounce unscalable (audio) \

Definition of unscalable

: not capable of being climbed or scaled : not scalable unscalable peaks an unscalable barrier

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The ‘shades of the prison-house’ closed round about us all: walls strait and stubborn to the whitest, but relentlessly narrow, tall, and unscalable to sons of night. Annika Neklason, The Atlantic, "Animating the Atlantic Archives," 2 May 2018 Essentially, Lightning aims to solve the big problem that has loomed over bitcoin in recent years: Satoshi Nakamoto's design for bitcoin is comically unscalable. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Bitcoin has a huge scaling problem—Lightning could be the solution," 4 Feb. 2018 Juanita fell victim to what advocates for court reform say is a criminal justice system that routinely turns a traffic infraction into an unscalable mountain of debt for thousands of low-income Ohio drivers. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com, "Year-long impoundment of Lake family car means few travel options for mother and daughter: A Greater Cleveland," 13 Sep. 2017 Reaching the German stronghold required an assault on 1,500-foot-high Riva Ridge, which the enemy considered to be unscalable. Dan Leeth, The Denver Post, "A winter walk in Vail reveals that skiing isn’t always required," 23 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of unscalable

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unscalable was circa 1580

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