Definition of impassible in English:

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Pronunciation: /imˈpasəbəl/


chiefly Theology
Incapable of suffering or feeling pain: belief in an impassible God
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  • Further, if the suffering of God in Christ affected God's divine nature it would mean that it was someone other than the eternal impassible Creator who was experiencing human suffering.
  • So God, being that than which nothing greater can be thought, is wholly active; he is impassible.
  • Aquinas accepted Aristotle's view that God cannot change and is impassible.



Pronunciation: /imˌpasəˈbilədē/
Example sentences
  • True enough, the language of impassibility is deeply embedded in patristic theology going back to Ignatius of Antioch.
  • What cogent defence can be offered for the (entirely biblical) doctrine of God's impassibility, in the face of open theism and unorthodox views on the Trinity?
  • More materially, it is a guiding concern of his thinking to push out the envelope made by the teaching of divine impassibility.


Pronunciation: /-blē/
Example sentences
  • Thus the Alexandrian school of Christology could say, in the language of paradox, ‘he suffered impassibly,’ and Gregory of Nazian-zus, long before Luther, could speak of ‘a God hanging on a cross.’


Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin impassibilis, from Latin in- 'not' + passibilis (see passible).

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Syllabification: im·pas·si·ble

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