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[in-sol-yuh-buh l] /ɪnˈsɒl yə bəl/
incapable of being dissolved:
insoluble salts.
incapable of being solved or explained:
an insoluble problem.
Origin of insoluble
1350-1400; < Latin insolūbilis; replacing Middle English insolible < Middle French insoluble < L. See in-3, soluble
Related forms
insolubility, insolubleness, noun
insolubly, adverb
semi-insoluble, adjective
Can be confused
insoluble, insolvable, unsolvable. Unabridged
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incapable of being dissolved; incapable of forming a solution, esp in water
incapable of being solved
Derived Forms
insolubility, insolubleness, noun
insolubly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insolubility

1610s, from Late Latin insolubilitas, from Latin insolubilis (see insoluble).



late 14c., "unable to be loosened," from Latin insolubilis "that cannot be loosened," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + solubilis (see soluble). Figurative use, of problems, etc., is from late 14c.

It was a tacit conviction of the learned during the Middle Ages that no such thing as an insoluble question existed. There might be matters that presented serious difficulties, but if you could lay them before the right man -- some Arab in Spain, for instance, omniscient by reason of studies into the details of which it was better not to inquire -- he would give you a conclusive answer. The real trouble was only to find your man. [Gertrude Bell, "The Desert and the Sown," 1907]

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insolubility in Medicine

insoluble in·sol·u·ble (ĭn-sŏl'yə-bəl)
Not soluble.

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insolubility in Science
Not capable of being fully dissolved. Fats and oils are insoluble in water.
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