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unapproachable

[uhn-uh-proh-chuh-buh l] /ˌʌn əˈproʊ tʃə bəl/
adjective
1.
not capable of being approached; remote; unreachable:
an unapproachable spot; an unapproachable person.
2.
impossible to equal or rival:
unapproachable mastery of her art.
Origin of unapproachable
1575-1585
1575-85; un-1 + approachable
Related forms
unapproachability, unapproachableness, noun
unapproachably, adverb
Synonyms
1. inaccessible, aloof, distant, austere, cold.
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Examples from the Web for unapproachable
Historical Examples
  • But the Wanda he found one riotously brilliant morning was rather cool, distant, unapproachable.

    The Short Cut Jackson Gregory
  • As yet Wyndham was still the unknown, shadowy, far-off, and unapproachable.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • For a few days he kept aloof, unapproachable, overcome by the ruin of his work.

    Victorian Worthies George Henry Blore
  • She existed, unapproachable, behind the blank wall of his renunciation.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • It is a word from the invisible, unapproachable Spirit of the universe.

    Zenobia William Ware
  • She was unapproachable in her own room when Mr. White and Mr. Morton came for them.

  • The captain, who had been for days living secluded and unapproachable in the chart-room, came to the rail.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • Far better for them to be like Angela, cold and unapproachable, alluring yet repellent.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
  • He had met her before on other occasions, but she had seemed to him unapproachable until that day.

  • And yet he is recognized on all sides as a Classic of the unapproachable breed.

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
British Dictionary definitions for unapproachable

unapproachable

/ˌʌnəˈprəʊtʃəbəl/
adjective
1.
discouraging intimacy, friendliness, etc; aloof
2.
inaccessible
3.
not to be rivalled
Derived Forms
unapproachableness, noun
unapproachably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unapproachable
adj.

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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