[in-ser-moun-tuh-buh l]


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for insurmountability

Historical Examples of 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



incapable of being overcome; insuperable
Derived Formsinsurmountability or insurmountableness, nouninsurmountably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insurmountability



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

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