Definition of impervious in English:

impervious

Syllabification: im·per·vi·ous
Pronunciation: /imˈpərvēəs
 
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adjective

1Not allowing fluid to pass through: an impervious layer of basaltic clay
More example sentences
  • The coatings are weldable and impervious to automotive and hydraulic fluids.
  • This impervious drape allows a 3-sq inch opening at the femoral site and covers the patient from head to toe.
  • In other words, it's not impervious to moisture but it will get you through an afternoon cloudburst.
Synonyms
impermeable, impenetrable, impregnable, waterproof, watertight, water-resistant, repellent; (hermetically) sealed, zip-locked
1.1 [predicative] (impervious to) Unable to be affected by: he worked, apparently impervious to the heat
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  • The administration seems indifferent to data, impervious to competing viewpoints and ideas.
  • Our council seem impervious to criticism and oblivious to basic common sense.
  • Young and oddly confident, they are blind to their deficiencies and impervious to the daunting odds stacked against them.
Synonyms
unaffected by, untouched by, immune to, invulnerable to, insusceptible to, resistant to, indifferent to, heedless of, insensible to, unconscious of, oblivious to; proof against

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin impervius (from in- 'not' + pervius 'pervious') + -ous.

Derivatives

imperviously

adverb
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  • From years of denial and austere behavioural therapy groups - whether in school or privately with a psychiatrist - there are some who are imperviously self-conscious and rely heavily on medication to mask whatever symptoms may surface.
  • The two Virginians were shrewd men with an imperviously close bond and an impressive degree of patience and self-control.
  • She is strangely dissociated from her husband, whose disembodied voice, imperviously reciting poetry, ‘struck close upon her ears.’

imperviousness

noun
More example sentences
  • The imperviousness to facts and analysis is also there.
  • I fear his intense, mind-beating politeness, his titanium imperviousness to human weakness, his barking power-laugh.
  • Their knife, which originated in Japan, is known for its smooth-rocking motion and imperviousness to acids, juices, oils and salts - unlike its steel sister.

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