[in-suh-pawr-tuh-buh l, -pohr-]


not endurable; unbearable; insufferable: insupportable pain.
incapable of support or justification, as by evidence or collected facts: an insupportable accusation.

Origin of insupportable

From the Late Latin word insupportābilis, dating back to 1520–30. See in-3, supportable
Related formsin·sup·port·a·ble·ness, in·sup·port·a·bil·i·ty, nounin·sup·port·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for insupportable

Contemporary Examples of insupportable

  • Well, there are reasons for these rules, all right, but they're terrible, reactionary, insupportable.

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    The Tyranny of the Senate Minority, Again

    Michael Tomasky

    April 17, 2013

  • But outside The New Republic, the idea that the “left” is not supporting this bill is insupportable and always has been.

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    The 'Delusional Left' Wins

    Eric Alterman

    March 18, 2010

Historical Examples of insupportable

  • After my marriage, my old malady rose to an insupportable height.

  • The conversation was rapidly becoming insupportable to Artois.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • His soul was in a tumult, and he was driven on by fears that were all but insupportable.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • By now I might have found existence insupportable, and so—who knows?

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • To her the idea of associating with a wild, and unruly character like this was insupportable.

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for insupportable



incapable of being endured; intolerable; insufferable
incapable of being supported or justified; indefensible
Derived Formsinsupportableness, nouninsupportably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insupportable

1520s, from French insupportable (14c.) or directly from Late Latin insupportabilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + Latin supportare "to carry" (see support).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper