[in-ser-moun-tuh-buh l]

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. 2018

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Historical Examples of insurmountably

  • Neither of them connected any definite idea with the number; it merely meant the insurmountably great.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete

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British Dictionary definitions for insurmountably


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



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

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