impassable impassable  /ɪm ˈpæ sə bəl/


  • (adj) incapable of being passed


  1. Seven and a half weeks later the land he saw was not Asia but what is now Canada, an impassable barrier of earth, mountain and forest.
  2. At the same time, the expedition had reached a set of seemingly impassable rapids.
  3. Many believe that the two-thirds approval required in the legislature constitutes an impassable barrier.


  1. Mandatory Johnson County evacuations end; people return home

    The river didn't raise enough to actually have much flood damage. The reason people had to be out of their houses for two weeks was because the streets were impassable.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: KWWL Iowa

  2. Border security is the new idea

    Border security is this week’s life-and-death issue, crucial to progress on reforming our hideously dysfunctional immigration system. They insist a leakproof, impassable, impenetrable border is a must for national security and economic stability, an urgent priority demanding billions more, on top of billions already spent. Historically, this is a newfound interest. In the early years of the last ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Wenatchee World

  3. Pleasant Street awaits repairs

    LEHIGH Pleasant Street in Lehigh remains impassable about a month after a long, deep crack first opened in it.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Fort Dodge Messenger


  1. "The Australian Government believes that we should not plan our water resources as though state borders are impassable or even impermeable barriers," Mr Turnbull said. "We've got to think as Australians and if there's a possibility for water...
    on Feb 18, 2007 By: Malcolm Turnbull Source: The Australian

  2. "Many New Hampshire communities have been overwhelmed by the flooding with countless roads damaged or impassable. Getting federal assistance will help our communities rebuild their infrastructure," Lynch said in the release.
    on Apr 18, 2007 By: John Lynch Source: Foster's Daily Democrat

  3. "The time has come to move forward to start the process and pass all of the obstacles, because this will help everyone," Barak said in his meeting with Mitchell, adding that "No obstacle is impassable."
    on Oct 9, 2009 By: Ehud Barak Source: Xinhua

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