- 1Impossible to pass through or enter: a dark, impenetrable forestMore example sentences
- To my horror though, I did not catch myself upon hitting the wall, but proceeded to pass through it into impenetrable darkness.
- So the Romans decided it was not the primitive barbarians known as the Caledonii who had defeated them, but the vast impenetrable forest covering the country now known as Scotland.
- The island is full of impenetrable virgin forest ill-suited to bikes, leaving the last leg to be completed on foot.
- 1.1Impossible to understand: her expression was impenetrable impenetrable jargonMore example sentences
incomprehensible, impossible to understand, unfathomable, fathomless, inexplicable, unintelligible, unclear, baffling, bewildering, puzzling, perplexing, confusing, abstruse, obscure, opaque, recondite, inscrutable, mysterious, cryptic, Delphic; complex, complicated, difficult, hard• archaic wildering• rare insolvable
- Music industry insiders tend to litter their conversation with talk of turnover, market share and the impenetrable jargon of contract negotiations.
- The wording of the document is really very easy to understand; it is not written in the usual impenetrable verbiage of the Treaties.
- It misfires because almost every page of it is weighed down by nearly impenetrable academic jargon.
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- The problems of secrecy, impenetrability, accountability, and representativeness, which have long been a focus for concern within the Community, are not addressed simply by giving added powers to the European Parliament.
- The dizzying power struggles in the household contribute to a plot that starts out pointedly enigmatic, and flirts with chaos and impenetrability before resolving itself into gentle ambiguity.
- Modern man among vast natural expanses, exhilarating waterfalls next to calm cherry blossoms, and the impenetrability of a forest alongside the openness of a bare field are some examples of the contrasts pictured.
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- But, whereas many people fear it as some kind of unapproachably dense and impenetrably difficult cornerstone of the Western canon, few seem to realise that it's actually very funny - hilarious at points, even.
- Never mind the impenetrably named programs, what about the stuff that really matters: letters, music, video, e-mails, and all those useful nuggets picked up from the web?
- Since that opening, in 1985, a system of arts funding has developed that is impenetrably complex, often manifestly unfair, and always unaccountable.
late Middle English: via French from Latin impenetrabilis, from in- 'not' + penetrabilis 'able to be pierced', from the verb penetrare (see penetrate).