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[sol-vuh-buh l] /ˈsɒl və bəl/
capable of being solved, as a problem.
Mathematics. (of a group) having a normal series of subgroups in which successive quotient groups are Abelian.
Archaic. soluble (def 1).
Origin of solvable
First recorded in 1640-50; solve + -able
Related forms
solvability, solvableness, noun
nonsolvability, noun
nonsolvable, adjective
nonsolvableness, noun
unsolvable, adjective
unsolvableness, noun
unsolvably, adverb
Can be confused
insoluble, insolvable, unsolvable.
solvable, soluble. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unsolvable
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  • She remained upheld in spirit, while yet she seemed to brood over an unsolvable problem.

  • "So that a man's life is an unsolvable riddle to all but himself," concurred the hakeem.

    Tales of Destiny Edmund Mitchell
  • The Ahaggar Tuareg were reaching for straws, unconsciously seeking shoulders upon which to lay their unsolvable problems.

    Border, Breed Nor Birth Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • There still remained the unsolvable problem of what she was to do.

    The Land of Promise D. Torbett
  • The great extremes of poverty and riches, dwelling in close proximity to each other, were a sad, unsolvable enigma.

    Wagner as I Knew Him Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
British Dictionary definitions for unsolvable


another word for soluble (sense 1)
Derived Forms
solvability, solvableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsolvable



1640s, from solve + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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