impassible

(redirected from impassibly)
Also found in: Thesaurus.

impassible

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.
Abused, Confused, & Misused Words by Mary Embree Copyright © 2007, 2013 by Mary Embree

im·pas·si·ble

 (ĭm-păs′ə-bəl)
adj.
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.
im·pas′si·bly adv.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

impassible

(ɪmˈpæsəbəl)
adj
1. not susceptible to pain or injury
2. impassive or unmoved
imˌpassiˈbility, imˈpassibleness n
imˈpassibly adv
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

im•pas•si•ble

(ɪmˈpæs ə bəl)

adj.
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.
im•pas′si•bly, adv.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

impassible

, impassable - Impassible is incapable of feeling or suffering; impassable is not capable of being passed.
See also related terms for incapable.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:

impassible

adjective
Not capable of being affected or impressed:
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
After locking up the bureau again, he walked to the window and gazed out as impassibly as he had done at the beginning of the interview, while Raffles took a small allowance from the flask, screwed it up, and deposited it in his side-pocket, with provoking slowness, making a grimace at his stepson's back.
We arrived when the dry season was beginning so that, far from being impassibly flooded, the river's depths alternated with shoals that only local pilots could anticipate.
While interest in a "suffering God" is certainly a modern preoccupation, that premodern thinkers were not insensitive to this concern can often be seen in their christological reflection (e.g., Cyril of Alexandria's insistence that in Christ God suffered "impassibly").