impassable

[ im-pas-uh-buh l, -pah-suh- ]
/ ɪmˈpæs ə bəl, -ˈpɑ sə- /

adjective

not passable; not allowing passage over, through, along, etc.: Heavy snow made the roads impassable.
unable to be surmounted: an impassable obstacle to further negotiations.
(of currency) unable to be circulated: He tore the bill in half, making it impassable.

Nearby words

  1. imparlance,
  2. impart,
  3. impartial,
  4. impartiality,
  5. impartible,
  6. impasse,
  7. impassible,
  8. impassion,
  9. impassionate,
  10. impassionately

Origin of impassable

First recorded in 1560–70; im-2 + passable

Related formsim·pass·a·bil·i·ty, im·pass·a·ble·ness, nounim·pass·a·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for impassable

impassable

/ (ɪmˈpɑːsəbəl) /

adjective

(of terrain, roads, etc) not able to be travelled through or over
Derived Formsimpassability or impassableness, nounimpassably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for impassable

impassable

adj.

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

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