Impassable vs. impassible

  • Something that is impassable is impossible to pass, cross, or overcome. Impassible originally had a different definition—namely, not subject to suffering, pain, or harm—but today it is rarely used in that sense and is commonly used in place of impassable. 



    1. “In fact, in our research, we were unable to find any instances of **impassable** used in its original sense.”

      I believe you have proven your point (involuntarily?).

    2. goose_life says

      i’m struggling to understand the original definition of impassible — can someone think of an example sentence? might it be something like ‘when the fortress was invaded the horses in the stables were impassible’? that sounds kindof weird?

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