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[ir-i-zol-vuh-buh l] /ˌɪr ɪˈzɒl və bəl/
not resolvable; incapable of being resolved, analyzable, or solvable.
Origin of irresolvable
First recorded in 1650-60; ir-2 + resolvable
Related forms
irresolvability, irresolvableness, noun Unabridged
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  • In sex are we always to be faced with an irresolvable tangle of disharmonies?

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • irresolvable, ir-re-zolv′-a-bl, adj. that cannot be resolved.

  • For the twentieth time, this irresolvable problem troubled him.

    Against The Grain Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • The nebulae of his spirit are resolved or shown to be irresolvable.

    Birds and Poets John Burroughs
  • The perplexing thing about life is the irresolvable complexity of reality, of things and relations alike.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • It is the one quantity that is endowed with a magnitude which is both inconceivable and irresolvable.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • Are these truths ultimate and irresolvable facts, or are their complexities and perplexities the mere expressions of a higher law?

British Dictionary definitions for irresolvable


not able to be resolved into parts or elements
not able to be solved; insoluble
Derived Forms
irresolvability, irresolvableness, noun
irresolvably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irresolvable

1650s, from ir- + resolvable. Related: Irresolvably.

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