Definition of unbridgeable in English:



  • (of a gap or difference) not able to be bridged or made less significant.

    ‘a seemingly unbridgeable cultural abyss’
    • ‘The unbridgeable gap between old and new is shrinking.’
    • ‘Exclusive emphasis on difference divides reality, creating an unbridgeable gap between man and God.’
    • ‘Turing's view, expressed with great force and wit, was that it was for those who saw an unbridgeable gap between the two to say just where the difference lay.’
    • ‘The Wall stood for the proposition that unbridgeable cultural differences exist among peoples.’
    • ‘It is obvious that in both federal states an unbridgeable gap exists between the desire of the population for progressive social policies on one hand and the politics of the ASP on the other.’
    • ‘Not too many years ago, Buckley points out, ‘there wouldn't have been an unbridgeable disparity between the two, and they would have talked to each other more as equals’.’
    • ‘For Mulvey, the gaps between film frames reveal the fetishised world of cinema as nothing but a ‘screen’, and reminds us of the unbridgeable gap between our desires and the ‘real’.’
    • ‘That approach had two great advantages: first, it was entirely accurate; and, second, it permitted those of us on the unfavourable side of the comparison to try and do something about bridging the unbridgeable gap.’
    • ‘Contrary to those who maintain that there is an unbridgeable gap between so-called elite and popular opinion, the deliberative poll found the opposite.’
    • ‘By 1550, the gap was unbridgeable and as it widened the policy of the Catholic Church was to become more aggressive.’
    • ‘They know that the scale of their underfunded pension obligations creates an unbridgeable gap in the context of their potential for economic growth and the cost of their social programmes.’
    • ‘Derrida insisted that the very way in which language functions, that is, signification, necessitates an unbridgeable gap between the signifier and the signified.’
    • ‘In fact your book cites a lot of poetry including that of Judith Wright who acknowledges that there's an unbridgeable gap between herself and her close friend, Oodgeroo Noonuccal.’
    • ‘It is expected that this will particularly help the younger locals for whom the affordability gap is unbridgeable.’
    • ‘So that is the other reason why this topic interests me - to get a glimpse across the unbridgeable gap.’
    • ‘Despite all the bravery, determination and skill that saw Kildare so nearly bridge an unbridgeable gap, their interest in the championship is over.’
    • ‘The Hague system, rooted on unimpeachably pure democratic principles, has fallen prey to the unbridgeable gap between the world of MPs and the world of the party members.’
    • ‘Our replica is one attempt to bridge an unbridgeable gap.’
    • ‘I don't think there is an unbridgeable gap - it's more a matter of clarifying who did what and where.’
    • ‘Spectators may be moved to laugh or cry, but they know that the actor is playing a role in an imaginary world that is not their actual world; it lies on the other side of an unbridgeable gap.’