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unapproachable

[uhn-uh-proh-chuh-buh l] /ˌʌn əˈproʊ tʃə bəl/
adjective
1.
not capable of being approached; remote; unreachable:
an unapproachable spot; an unapproachable person.
2.
impossible to equal or rival:
unapproachable mastery of her art.
Origin of unapproachable
1575-1585
First recorded in 1575-85; un-1 + approachable
Related forms
unapproachability, unapproachableness, noun
unapproachably, adverb
Synonyms
1. inaccessible, aloof, distant, austere, cold.
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Examples from the Web for unapproachable
Historical Examples
  • As yet Wyndham was still the unknown, shadowy, far-off, and unapproachable.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • She existed, unapproachable, behind the blank wall of his renunciation.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • He looked as unconcerned and unapproachable as only the young can look.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • Del Dardo would have swooned to see how Annina handled his unapproachable.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • She was unapproachable in her own room when Mr. White and Mr. Morton came for them.

  • Far better for them to be like Angela, cold and unapproachable, alluring yet repellent.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild
  • And yet he is recognized on all sides as a Classic of the unapproachable breed.

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
  • And even if he did, it would only be as a lofty and unapproachable spectator.

    Ted and the Telephone Sara Ware Bassett
  • What use was it then ever again to attempt to be austere and unapproachable Fernalds?

    Ted and the Telephone Sara Ware Bassett
  • She is always so doubtful, as Mabel says; so capricious, so haughty, so unapproachable.

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol
British Dictionary definitions for unapproachable

unapproachable

/ˌʌnəˈprəʊtʃəbəl/
adjective
1.
discouraging intimacy, friendliness, etc; aloof
2.
inaccessible
3.
not to be rivalled
Derived Forms
unapproachableness, noun
unapproachably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unapproachable
adj.

1580s, of places, from un- (1) "not" + approachable. Of persons, "distant, aloof," attested from 1848. Related: Unapproachably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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