impervious


impervious
[[t]ɪmpɜ͟ː(r)viəs[/t]]
1) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ, usu ADJ to n If you are impervious to someone's actions, you are not affected or influenced by them.

She seems almost impervious to the criticism from all sides...

The political system there has been impervious to all suggestions of change.

2) ADJ: oft ADJ to n Something that is impervious to water, heat, or a particular object is able to resist it or stop it passing through it.

The floorcovering you select will need to be impervious to water.

...a layer of impervious rock.

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  • Impervious — Im*per vi*ous, a. [L. impervius; pref. im not + per through + via way. See {Voyage}.] Not pervious; not admitting of entrance or passage through; as, a substance impervious to water or air. [1913 Webster] This gulf impassable, impervious. Milton …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impervious — I adjective adrogans, airtight, blind to, blocked, buffered, callous, closed, deaf to, dense, detached, hard, hard to convince, hardened, hermetic, impassable, impassive, impeditus, impenetrabilis, impenetrable, imperforate, impehosus,… …   Law dictionary

  • impervious — [im pʉr′vē əs] adj. [L impervius: see IN 2 & PERVIOUS] 1. incapable of being passed through or penetrated [a fabric impervious to moisture] 2. not affected by: with to [impervious to pity] imperviously adv. imperviousness n …   English World dictionary

  • impervious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not allowing fluid to pass through. 2) (impervious to) unable to be affected by. DERIVATIVES imperviously adverb imperviousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • impervious — (adj.) 1640s, from L. impervius that cannot be passed through, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + pervius letting things through, from per through + via road. Related: Imperviously; imperviousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • impervious — impenetrable, impermeable, impassable Analogous words: resisting or resistant, withstanding, opposing, com bating, fighting (see corresponding verbs at RESIST): *hardened, indurated, callous: obdurate, adamant, adamantine, inflexible Contrasted… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • impervious — [adj] unable to be penetrated closed to, hermetic, immune, impassable, impassive, impenetrable, impermeable, imperviable, inaccessible, invulnerable, resistant, sealed, tight, unaffected, unapproachable, unmoved, unpierceable, unreceptive,… …   New thesaurus

  • impervious — im|per|vi|ous [ımˈpə:viəs US ə:r ] adj [not before noun] [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: impervius, from pervius allowing things to pass through , from per through + via way ] 1.) formal not affected or influenced by something and seeming not… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • impervious — imperviously, adv. imperviousness, n. /im perr vee euhs/, adj. 1. not permitting penetration or passage; impenetrable: The coat is impervious to rain. 2. incapable of being injured or impaired: impervious to wear and tear. 3. incapable of being… …   Universalium

  • impervious — adj. impervious to (impervious to criticism) * * * [ɪm pɜːvɪəs] impervious to (impervious to criticism) …   Combinatory dictionary