[ im-pas-uh-buh l ]
/ ɪmˈpæs ə bəl /


incapable of suffering pain.
incapable of suffering harm.
incapable of emotion; impassive.


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Origin of impassible

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Late Latin word impassībilis. See im-2, passible


im·pas·si·bil·i·ty, im·pas·si·ble·ness, nounim·pas·si·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for impassible

/ (ɪmˈpæsəbəl) /

adjective rare

not susceptible to pain or injury
impassive or unmoved

Derived forms of impassible

impassibility or impassibleness, nounimpassibly, adverb
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