from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not fit or suitable to be breathed: unbreathable exhaust fumes.

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  • adj. Describes air, or other mixture of gases, that are not suitable for a person to breathe.


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  • These are the same folks who oohed and ahhed over the multi-billion dollar Beijing Olympics venues while ignoring the air that was unbreathable.

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  • Far beyond human stench and waste to unbreathable.

    Darkness Becomes Her

  • After all the fish have been killed; after all the trees have been cut down; after all the soil has eroded away; after the air becomes unbreathable; when we humans are forced to eat our money; then will we understand?

    Death by Plastic » E-Mail

  • Whether our climate is cooler or warmer won't matter at all if our air is unbreathable, if there is no biodiversity, if there isn't enough food to feed all the people we have (over) populated the planet with, etc.

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  • The noise in the tunnel was deafening, the dust-filled air practically unbreathable, and in some places the rock drilled out ahead had to be scooped up by hand, passed under the stomach, and kicked back with the feet to men with buckets who, in turn, had to squirm back to the face of the cliff to dump their loads.


  • “If America was a person, — and it sat down, — Lancaster town would be plunged into a Darkness unbreathable.”

    Making Light: We Await Silent Tristero’s Empire Nuku Nuku

  • I glean nothing from their confused chatter; the air in the sickroom is almost unbreathable; the neglected hearth oven is smoking.

    The Metamorphosis, in The Penal Colony,and Other Stories

  • We were burning so much coal that the air of some of our cities became literally unbreathable and impenetrably dense.

    Bernie Bulkin: The Power to Mislead

  • Traffic in Tokyo is insane and the air is already nearly unbreathable anyways, so as long as I'm here, I don't want a car.

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  • After journeying to an unfamiliar land where air is nearly unbreathable and light stings like shards of glass, Edgar must navigate the deadly forests--full of creatures far more frightening than anything he has seen on Atherton--and join the child workforce of Silo #7, the site where Dr. Harding the mad maker of Atherton was raised.

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