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1. Incapable of being penetrated: a material impervious to water.
2. Incapable of being affected: impervious to fear.

[From Latin impervius : in-, not; see in-1 + pervius, pervious; see pervious.]

im·per′vi·ous·ly adv.
im·per′vi·ous·ness n.
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Noun1.imperviousness - the quality of being impenetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
penetrability, perviousness - the quality of being penetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)


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