in·​sur·​mount·​able | \ ˌin(t)-sər-ˈmau̇n-tə-bəl How to pronounce insurmountable (audio) \

Definition of insurmountable

: incapable of being surmounted : insuperable insurmountable problems

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insurmountably \ ˌin(t)-​sər-​ˈmau̇n-​tə-​blē How to pronounce insurmountably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of insurmountable in a Sentence

They were faced with several insurmountable obstacles. the familiar story of the underdog who ultimately triumphs despite insurmountable odds

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For most, the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving these ambitions are insurmountable. Sarah Butrymowicz, Marie Claire, "Refugee Girls Want to Change the World. Will We Let Them?," 7 Jan. 2019 That might sound like an insurmountable challenge for designers, particularly young and emerging ones. Emily Farra, Vogue, "4 Ways the CFDA’s New Sustainability Report Will Change Your Fashion Week Conversations," 16 Jan. 2019 Intel’s previous 10nm road maps have consistently and repeatedly slipped, and there’s good reason to believe that the company faces insurmountable engineering challenges on that project. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Intel unveils Foveros 3D chip stacking and new 10nm ‘chiplets’," 12 Dec. 2018 The full statement, below: Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Telltale Games begins wave of layoffs, cancels Stranger Things game [Updated]," 21 Sep. 2018 The lawsuit also claims that government officials are creating insurmountable challenges to relatives who want the children released into their custody. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Lawsuit alleges over-medication, mistreatment of detained minors," 29 June 2018 Denying foreign companies and countries access to US capital and US markets 20, 30, or 40 years ago would have represented a nearly insurmountable challenge. Zachary Karabell, WIRED, "Trump's Trade War Won't Hurt China. It Could Hurt US Tech," 27 June 2018 Sealing the fentanyl pipeline, however, has proven to be thus far an insurmountable challenge. Kristina Davis,, "Fentanyl has taken over America's drug market. Where is it coming from?," 17 June 2018 Stella's Asperger's Syndrome makes navigating the nuances of interpersonal socializing — essentially, the entire basis of dating — a nearly insurmountable challenge., "How The Kiss Quotient, The Romance Novel Of The Summer, Sheds Light On Dating While Autistic," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of insurmountable

1690, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of insurmountable was in 1690

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English Language Learners Definition of insurmountable

of a problem, difficulty, etc. : impossible to solve or get control of : impossible to overcome

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