Definition of impassible in US English:



  • Incapable of suffering or feeling pain.

    ‘belief in an impassible God’
    • ‘Aquinas accepted Aristotle's view that God cannot change and is impassible.’
    • ‘And according to this He gave His body in an impassible and immortal condition to His disciples.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the bodies of the saints will be impassible, because they will lack the capability of suffering; hence impassibility in them will be a gift, but not in children.’
    • ‘So God, being that than which nothing greater can be thought, is wholly active; he is impassible.’
    • ‘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.’


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