insuperable

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adjective in·su·per·a·ble \(ˌ)in-ˈsü-p(ə-)rə-bəl\

Definition of insuperable

  1. :  incapable of being surmounted, overcome, passed over, or solved insuperable difficulties

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Examples of insuperable in a Sentence

  1. the building project ran into insuperable financial difficulties and had to be scrapped

  2. 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 and Etymology of insuperable

Middle English, from Latin insuperabilis, from in- + superare to surmount, from super over — more at over


First Known Use: 14th century


INSUPERABLE Defined for English Language Learners

insuperable

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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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