insoluble

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

Definition of insoluble

  1. :  not soluble: such asa archaic :  indissolubleb :  having or admitting of no solution or explanation an insoluble problemc :  incapable of being dissolved in a liquid and especially water; also :  soluble only with difficulty or to a slight degree

insolubility

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insoluble

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insolubleness

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insolubly

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Examples of insoluble in a Sentence

  1. a substance insoluble in water

  2. the seemingly insoluble mystery concerning the identity of the people who built these ancient structures

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Origin and Etymology of insoluble

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


INSOLUBLE Defined for English Language Learners

insoluble

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Definition of insoluble for English Language Learners

  • : not able to be solved or explained

  • : not able to be dissolved in a liquid


INSOLUBLE Defined for Kids

insoluble

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adjective in·sol·u·ble \in-ˈsäl-yə-bəl\

Definition of insoluble for Students

  1. 1 :  having no solution or explanation an insoluble problem

  2. 2 :  difficult or impossible to dissolve insoluble in water


Medical Dictionary

insoluble

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

Medical Definition of insoluble

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



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