[in-sol-vuh-buh l]

Origin of insolvable

First recorded in 1640–50; in-3 + solvable
Related formsin·solv·a·bil·i·ty, nounin·solv·a·bly, adverb
Can be confusedinsoluble insolvable unsolvable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for insolvable

Historical Examples of insolvable

  • To the men who secured his nomination and election he was an insolvable mystery.

    The Root of Evil

    Thomas Dixon

  • It is something like the insolvable question as to which came first, the hen or the egg.

  • As for her words, they were like her conduct, an insolvable mystery, for which he had no key.

    Hand and Ring

    Anna Katharine Green

  • And this insolvable problem was a convenient blind for other discussions.

    Charles the Bold

    Ruth Putnam

  • Manifestly, if the first of these problems is insolvable, the second is insolvable also.

British Dictionary definitions for insolvable


  1. another word for insoluble (def. 2)
Derived Formsinsolvability, nouninsolvably, adverb
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