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impassable

[im-pas-uh-buh l, -pah-suh-] /ɪmˈpæs ə bəl, -ˈpɑ sə-/
adjective
1.
not passable; not allowing passage over, through, along, etc.:
Heavy snow made the roads impassable.
2.
unable to be surmounted:
an impassable obstacle to further negotiations.
3.
(of currency) unable to be circulated:
He tore the bill in half, making it impassable.
Origin of impassable
1560-1570
1560-70; im-2 + passable
Related forms
impassability, impassableness, noun
impassably, adverb
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  • The old trappers tell me that the mountains are impassable even in the fall.

    54-40 or Fight Emerson Hough
  • When the rains commence, the roads are impassable, and all trucking ceases.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • In this case, guilt would place for ever an impassable gulf between us.

    Captain Kyd (Vol 1 of 2) Jonathon Holt Ingraham
  • A single glance into this great fissure convinced them that it was impassable.

    The Plant Hunters Mayne Reid
  • The mountain is impassable for armies except through the gaps that occur every twenty to thirty miles.

    From Bull Run to Appomattox Luther W. Hopkins
  • Man the object is separated by an impassable gulf from man the subject.

British Dictionary definitions for impassable

impassable

/ɪmˈpɑːsəbəl/
adjective
1.
(of terrain, roads, etc) not able to be travelled through or over
Derived Forms
impassability, impassableness, noun
impassably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for impassable
adj.

"that cannot be passed," 1560s, from im- + passable.

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