in·​sup·​port·​able | \ ˌin(t)-sə-ˈpȯr-tə-bəl How to pronounce insupportable (audio) \

Definition of insupportable

: not supportable:
a : more than can be endured insupportable pain
b : impossible to justify insupportable charges

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insupportably \ ˌin(t)-​sə-​ˈpȯr-​tə-​blē How to pronounce insupportable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of insupportable in a Sentence

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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First Known Use of insupportable

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for insupportable

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

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“Insupportable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of insupportable

: more or worse than can be dealt with or accepted


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