in·​sup·​port·​able ˌin(t)-sə-ˈpȯr-tə-bəl How to pronounce insupportable (audio)
: not supportable:
: more than can be endured
insupportable pain
: impossible to justify
insupportable charges
insupportably adverb

Example Sentences

the insupportable arrogance of that jerk is more than anyone should have to bear the organization's racist views have been denounced as morally insupportable
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Word History


Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin insupportabilis, from Latin in- + supportare to support

First Known Use

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of insupportable was circa 1530

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Cite this Entry

“Insupportable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



in·​sup·​port·​able ˌin(t)-sə-ˈpōrt-ə-bəl How to pronounce insupportable (audio)
: too bad to be endured
insupportable pain
: impossible to justify
insupportable charges
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