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[uhn-uh-proh-chuh-buh l] /ˌʌn əˈproʊ tʃə bəl/
not capable of being approached; remote; unreachable:
an unapproachable spot; an unapproachable person.
impossible to equal or rival:
unapproachable mastery of her art.
Origin of unapproachable
1575-85; un-1 + approachable
Related forms
unapproachability, unapproachableness, noun
unapproachably, adverb
1. inaccessible, aloof, distant, austere, cold. Unabridged
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  • From unapproachable, brash and abrupt to savvy, chic and courteous.
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  • She still offers an almost pained smile in public, which makes her seem distant and unapproachable.
  • It suggests something mysterious and unapproachable.
  • Unless this is so the origin of life will remain an unapproachable puzzle.
  • He also mentioned that it is not true that doctors are unapproachable.
  • Some people may be intimidated or a judge could be unapproachable.
  • One stone more or less is of no real consequence in a region which is wholly unapproachable.
British Dictionary definitions for unapproachable


discouraging intimacy, friendliness, etc; aloof
not to be rivalled
Derived Forms
unapproachableness, noun
unapproachably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unapproachable

1580s, of places, from un- (1) "not" + approachable. Of persons, "distant, aloof," attested from 1848. Related: Unapproachably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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