imperviousness imperviousness

Definition(s):

  • (n) the quality of being impenetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)

Usage(s):

  1. What Jack Hill and his fellow fans find so absorbing about Superman is not simply their hero's imperviousness and giant strength but his ability to fly through the air.
  2. Iraqis honed their imperviousness to atrocity under Saddam Hussein, when the regime killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens.
  3. The Chinese convey an aura of imperviousness to pressure; indeed, they pre-empt pressure by implying that issues of principle are beyond discussion.

Quotes

  1. "If this is Kim Jong Il's welcoming present to a new president, launching a missile like this and threatening to have a nuclear test, I think it says a lot about the imperviousness of this regime in North Korea to any kind of diplomatic...
    on Mar 29, 2009 By: Robert Gates Source: Washington Post

  2. "The imperviousness of the business model to even direct pressure by the federal government and threats of IRS audits; that's an accident of the quasi-monopolistic status that these business models enjoyed at the time," said Coll, who wrote a...
    on May 21, 2009 By: Steve Coll Source: Examiner.com

  3. "Today, posting revealing or culpable material online arguably has become another forum for signaling imperviousness to danger and repercussions," Donath wrote in a paper published in October in The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication....
    on Jan 30, 2008 By: Judith Donath Source: Seattle Times

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