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

not ; 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.
(of terrain, roads, etc) not able to be travelled through or over

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


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