un·​scal·​able ˌən-ˈskā-lə-bəl How to pronounce unscalable (audio)
: not capable of being climbed or scaled : not scalable
unscalable peaks
an unscalable barrier

Examples of unscalable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Is there a path forward for PEPFAR? Scaling the once unscalable AIDS epidemic is the narrow and noble mission around which most of the public consciousness of PEPFAR has been wrapped. Arjun Sharma, STAT, 13 Sep. 2023 The top is not unscalable. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Sep. 2020 The technology is thus far unscalable and expensive, but remains a favorite tool of the oil and gas industry to justify continued use of oil and gas, as the world works to transition away from oil and gas. Aurora Almendral, Quartz, 30 Mar. 2023 The unscalable eight-foot fence sure helps! Fiona Landers, The New Yorker, 21 July 2022 The protests outside the court's marble front steps have been largely peaceful, prompting some to question why the new security barrier -- reminiscent of the unscalable fencing placed around the U.S. Capitol after the violence of Jan. 6, 2021 -- is necessary. Byalexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 5 May 2022 VisionX is one opportunity to go back to the roots of communication and start fresh, rather than pursue ultimately unsustainable and unscalable advances of more of the same. IEEE Spectrum, 16 Dec. 2021 Scores of protesters descended on the court after the leak and an eight-foot, unscalable fence was erected around the building. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 9 Mar. 2023 That night, protesters, armed with signs and bullhorns, flocked to the high court, and officials soon ringed the historic building with an unscalable fence. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unscalable was circa 1580

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“Unscalable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unscalable. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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