Simple Definition of insuperable
of a problem, difficulty, etc. : impossible to solve or get control of : impossible to overcome
Full Definition of insuperable
: incapable of being surmounted, overcome, passed over, or solved <insuperable difficulties>
Examples of insuperable in a sentence
<the building project ran into insuperable financial difficulties and had to be scrapped>
<insuperable problems have arisen which make it very unlikely that we will ever finish this project>
Did You Know?
Insuperable first appeared in print in the 14th century, and it still means now approximately what it did then. "Insuperable" is a close synonym to "insurmountable." In Latin, superare means "to go over, surmount, overcome, or excel." The Latin word insuperabilis was formed by combining the common prefix in- (meaning "not" or "un-") with "superare" plus "abilis" ("able"). Hence insuperabilis means "unable to be surmounted, overcome, or passed over," or more simply, "insurmountable." The word insuperabilis was later anglicized as "insuperable." Related words such as "superable," "superably," and even "superableness" have also found a place in English.
Origin of insuperable
Middle English, from Latin insuperabilis, from in- + superare to surmount, from super over — more at over
First Known Use: 14th century
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