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 insurmountably

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

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British Dictionary definitions for insurmountably

insurmountable

/ (ˌɪnsəˈmaʊntəbəl) /

adjective

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

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Word Origin and History for insurmountably

insurmountable

adj.

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

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