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[im-pas-uh-buh l] /ɪmˈpæs ə bəl/
incapable of suffering pain.
incapable of suffering harm.
incapable of emotion; impassive.
Origin of impassible
1300-50; Middle English < Late Latin impassībilis. See im-2, passible
Related forms
impassibility, impassibleness, noun
impassibly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Take the most impassible stoic and make him see suddenly something very wonderful, or a terrible and unexpected object.

    The Aesthetical Essays Friedrich Schiller
  • Up to that moment the Chief's countenance had been impassible.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Consequently if, for bodies, an affection ever implies a change, we may say that all incorporeal (beings) are impassible.

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4 Plotinos (Plotinus)
  • Almayer looked at her furtively, but the face was as impassible as ever.

    Almayer's Folly Joseph Conrad
  • The officer looked askance at the impassible figure of his companion, and grew pale: he was an honest man as well as a brave one.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • This will lead us to see that it consists of nonentity, and that it is impassible.

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 2 Plotinos (Plotinus)
  • But mustering all his courage, he sprang forward on his impassible adversary.

    Michael Strogoff Jules Verne
  • impassible as the soul is, everything contrary is figurative, iii.

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4 Plotinos (Plotinus)
British Dictionary definitions for impassible


adjective (rare)
not susceptible to pain or injury
impassive or unmoved
Derived Forms
impassibility, impassibleness, noun
impassibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for impassible

"incapable of feeling pain, exempt from suffering," mid-14c., from Old French impassible (13c.), from Church Latin impassibilis "incapable of passion," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + passibilis, from passio "suffering" (see passion). Related: Impassibility.

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