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  • adj. Not scalable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not to be scaled; incapable of being climbed or mounted. Also unscaleable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. incapable of being ascended


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un- +‎ scalable


  • This rock face could scarcely be described as unscalable, because it was so rough that, although practically vertical, the projections on it were so numerous and pronounced that an active man could climb it without much difficulty, if uninterfered with; but if the summit and flanks happened to be held by even a small force of men armed with rifles, to climb it would at once become an absolute impossibility.

    The Cruise of the Thetis A Tale of the Cuban Insurrection

  • They are a boundary, a dividing line, a wall impregnable and unscalable.

    The Night-Born

  • Soon, in-the-trenches anti-poverty practitioners with long experience, community-based organizations close to their clients, market-based programs with real revenues and real customers, and experimental, innovative initiatives with great promise may be written off as woolly-headed, undisciplined or unscalable simply because they are un-evaluated.

    Jonathan Lewis: Social Impact Evaluation: Useful? Utopian? (Part 1 of 4)

  • However, as the tall white car ferry draws closer to a coastline of seemingly unscalable cliffs, my thoughts are drawn to the portion of the 19th century when this was French territory and the island's most famous resident—Napoleon—was exiled here.

    Downsizing From an Empire to an Island

  • This, on the other hand, will essentially try to find ways of making unaffordable and unscalable energy sources a bit less so.

    US News: “Generation We’s Apollo Project”, Me: “What a dumb idea” « PurpleSlog – Awesomeness & Modesty Meets Sexy

  • This phenomenon highlights the unscalable nature of most time-management approaches: striving to do more just produces increasingly more to do.

    Tuesday, February 19, 2008 | Lifehacker Australia

  • At first sight, those cliffs seemed completely unscalable, but to anyone with a good head for heights, climbing is easy on a world where all weights are only a sixth of their normal value.


  • To the right a low barricade blocked the passage and provided a safe vantage point from which it could be swept by a hail of lead; but to the left a path ran unobstructed for more than a hundred yards between the walls, to where the way was blocked by another teak door, set in unscalable black rock.

    In The Time Of Light

  • But it was hard to just wait there, helpless before the unscalable wall and restrained by command, while the inhabitants of the town mocked and laughed and exposed their backsides to his angry soldiers.

    A Corridor in the Asylum

  • More recently, President Bush pushed forward new models like theMillennium Challenge Corporationthat pushed USAID to the margins in favor a different, goal-oriented but practically unscalable model of foreign assistance.

    Jonathan Greenblatt: Foreign Aid, Heal Thyself: Rx for a New Approach on Development


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