adjective in·sol·u·ble \(ˌ)in-ˈsäl-yə-bəl\

: not able to be solved or explained

: not able to be dissolved in a liquid

Full Definition of INSOLUBLE

:  not soluble: as
a archaic :  indissoluble
b :  having or admitting of no solution or explanation <an insoluble problem>
c :  incapable of being dissolved in a liquid and especially water; also :  soluble only with difficulty or to a slight degree
in·sol·u·bil·i·ty \-ˌsäl-yə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
insoluble noun
in·sol·u·ble·ness \-ˈsäl-yə-bəl-nəs\ noun
in·sol·u·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of INSOLUBLE

  1. a substance insoluble in water
  2. <the seemingly insoluble mystery concerning the identity of the people who built these ancient structures>


Middle English insolible, from Latin insolubilis, from in- + solvere to free, dissolve — more at solve
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with INSOLUBLE


adjective in·sol·u·ble \(ˈ)in-ˈsäl-yə-bəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INSOLUBLE

:  incapable of being dissolved in a liquid; also :  soluble only with difficulty or to a slight degree


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