[im-pas-uh-buh l, -pah-suh-]
- 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.
Origin of impassable
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Examples from the Web for impassable
Unwisely, he took a shortcut and so missed the impassable Cabora Bassa cataracts blocking the river.Dr. Livingstone, I Presume? The Victorian Explorer at 200
March 19, 2013
Like a quietly heroic astronaut-to-be from Wapakoneta, Ohio, now gone, they have similar dreams that “nothing is impassable.”Fire In Cairo: A View From the Arab Street
John Kael Weston
September 20, 2012
Our beach path was impassable, we found another way on the back road.Our Visit From Irene
August 27, 2011
Many roads throughout Europe are impassable—Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are particularly stricken.European Travel Breakdown
December 20, 2010
Come, the hedges of Nature are not as impassable as the hedges of man.The Book of Khalid
It was, to her, like an impassable rampart, which shut off her past.The Fortune of the Rougons
In the same way too the Parthenius is impassable, which you will reach if you cross the Halys.
How impassable was the plain, had we failed to conquer their cavalry!
She looked to the right and left The forest walls were impassable.The Hound From The North
- (of terrain, roads, etc) not able to be travelled through or over
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Word Origin and History for impassable
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