in·​sur·​mount·​able ˌin(t)-sər-ˈmau̇n-tə-bəl How to pronounce insurmountable (audio)
: incapable of being surmounted : insuperable
insurmountable problems
insurmountably 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
Recent Examples on the Web There were moments when the challenges seemed insurmountable, yet the passion for my vision became the guiding light that illuminated the path forward. Somdutta Singh, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 And while a handful of states, including Colorado, have written policies regarding gender-affirming care and surgery, the barriers to accessing care are often insurmountable — an issue the consent decree hopes to address. Moe K. Clark, CBS News, 1 Feb. 2024 Every issue that's been improved historically - women's voting rights, ending slavery, WW2, and on and on - has seemed as insurmountable as the issues in this letter. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2024 One, a group of issues that, though not insurmountable, need further negotiation. Erin Prater, Fortune Well, 3 Feb. 2024 Even 24 points against a good team has been an insurmountable threshold for Miami. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 2 Feb. 2024 That statement cuts to the heart of the show’s poignant central question, of how two people — any two people, not just elite secret agents — might build a life together in spite of seemingly insurmountable differences. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Feb. 2024 Shot all around the world in New Delhi India, Berlin, Germany, and rooted in Savannah Georgia — Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor illuminates Wilkerson’s real-life events as a journalist who seeks hard answers after experiencing insurmountable grief. Malik Peay, Essence, 31 Jan. 2024 In the eyes of the movie’s naysayers, there’s an insurmountable contradiction at play here: For all the imaginative density of Gerwig’s pretty-in-pink world building, how much artistic worth — or feminist subversion — can there really be in what amounts to a feature-length toy commercial? Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1690, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of insurmountable was in 1690

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“Insurmountable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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in·​sur·​mount·​able ˌin(t)-sər-ˈmau̇nt-ə-bəl How to pronounce insurmountable (audio)
: incapable of being surmounted

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