insoluble

adjective
in·​sol·​u·​ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˈsäl-yə-bəl How to pronounce insoluble (audio) \

Definition of insoluble

: not soluble: such 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

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Other Words from insoluble

insolubility \ (ˌ)in-​ˌsäl-​yə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce insolubility (audio) \ noun
insoluble noun
insolubleness \ (ˌ)in-​ˈsäl-​yə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce insolubleness (audio) \ noun
insolubly \ (ˌ)in-​ˈsäl-​yə-​blē How to pronounce insolubly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of insoluble in a Sentence

a substance insoluble in water the seemingly insoluble mystery concerning the identity of the people who built these ancient structures

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That’s because its a hydrocolloid: an insoluble molecule that is attracted to water. Daniel Wolfe, Quartzy, "The science of slushy drinks and how to make a good one," 9 Aug. 2019 Rice flour contains insoluble fibers called cellulose. Scientific American, "Put Edible Paper to the Test," 18 July 2019 Whole foods such as brown rice, broccoli, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, celery, and zucchini, also contain insoluble fiber and could contribute to diarrhea. Jo Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "There's a Reason You Get Really Bad Diarrhea During Your Period," 3 June 2019 Oh, for the days when the seemingly insoluble cancer eating away at our republic was something that simple! Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Dirty politics plays for laughs in Berkeley’s ‘Kings’," 5 June 2019 The skins of fruits, beans, potatoes, whole grains, and whole-grain cereal products are all roughage and contain insoluble fiber, according to WebMD. Jo Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "There's a Reason You Get Really Bad Diarrhea During Your Period," 3 June 2019 For starters, there are actually two different kinds of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What’s the Difference Between Soluble and Insoluble Fiber?," 15 May 2019 Bossavy says that this insoluble pigment doesn’t mix well with others and doesn’t fade the way other colors do. Monica Corcoran Harel, Marie Claire, "What Is Cosmetic Tattooing? Read This Before You Get One," 29 Mar. 2019 This is hard to do precisely because despair is insoluble. Cheryl Strayed, New York Times, "What Should I Do About My Rage?," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of insoluble

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for insoluble

Middle English insolible, from Latin insolubilis, from in- + solvere to free, dissolve — more at solve

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insoluble

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of insoluble

formal : not able to be solved or explained
technical : not able to be dissolved in a liquid

insoluble

adjective
in·​sol·​u·​ble | \ in-ˈsäl-yə-bəl How to pronounce insoluble (audio) \

Kids Definition of insoluble

1 : having no solution or explanation an insoluble problem
2 : difficult or impossible to dissolve insoluble in water

insoluble

adjective
in·​sol·​u·​ble | \ (ˈ)in-ˈsäl-yə-bəl How to pronounce insoluble (audio) \

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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