insurmountable

[ in-ser-moun-tuh-buh l ]
/ ˌɪn sərˈmaʊn tə bəl /
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adjective

incapable of being surmounted, passed over, or overcome; insuperable: an insurmountable obstacle.

Nearby words

  1. insurgence,
  2. insurgency,
  3. insurgent,
  4. insurgents,
  5. insuring clause,
  6. insurrection,
  7. insurrectionary,
  8. insurrectionize,
  9. insusceptibility,
  10. insusceptible

Origin of insurmountable

First recorded in 1690–1700; in-3 + surmountable

Related formsin·sur·mount·a·bil·i·ty, in·sur·mount·a·ble·ness, nounin·sur·mount·a·bly, adverb

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Examples from the Web for insurmountability

  • His aunt saw the insurmountability of the difficulty, and they drowned feeling in an affectionate glass of green-orangeade.

    Dr. Sevier|George W. Cable


British Dictionary definitions for insurmountability

insurmountable

/ (ˌɪnsəˈmaʊntəbəl) /

adjective

incapable of being overcome; insuperable
Derived Formsinsurmountability or insurmountableness, nouninsurmountably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for insurmountability

insurmountable

adj.

1690s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + surmountable (see surmount). Related: Insurmountably.

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