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incapable of feeling pain; incapable of emotion: He seemed impassible in spite of the severity of his injuries.
Not to be confused with:
impassable – impossible to travel over or across: The swollen river was impassable.
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1. Not subject to suffering, pain, or harm.
2. Unfeeling; impassive.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin impassibilis : in-, not; see in-1 + passibilis, passible; see passible.]
im·pas′si·bil′i·ty, im·pas′si·ble·ness n.
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1. not susceptible to pain or injury
2. impassive or unmoved
imˌpassiˈbility, imˈpassibleness n
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im•pas•si•ble(ɪmˈpæs ə bəl)
1. incapable of suffering pain.
2. incapable of suffering harm.
3. incapable of emotion; impassive.
im•pas`si•bil′i•ty, im•pas′si•ble•ness, n.
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impassible, impassable - Impassible is incapable of feeling or suffering; impassable is not capable of being passed.
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