Definition of insuperable
: incapable of being surmounted, overcome, passed over, or solved insuperable difficulties
insuperablyplay \(ˌ)in-ˈsü-p(ə-)rə-blē\ adverb
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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
Recent Examples of insuperable from the Web
To display them together, however, posed nearly insuperable challenges.
In other words, the Constitution is not by itself an insuperable barrier against the authoritarian temptation.
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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.
INSUPERABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of insuperable for English Language Learners
of a problem, difficulty, etc. : impossible to solve or get control of : impossible to overcome
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